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Deloitte opens BrightStart scheme for school leaver applications

Deloitte seeks 100 school leavers to join BrightStart A Level entry scheme in autumn

16 February 2011

Deloitte, the leading business advisory firm, has officially opened its BrightStart scheme for applicants. The programme is available for students who have completed A levels (or equivalent), but have decided that university is no longer the preferred choice or available option for them.

John Kerr, managing partner for talent at Deloitte, commented: “The BrightStart scheme is now open, creating a route for 100 high achieving school leavers to join our firm in September 2011. The scheme provides the opportunity to embark on a career with exceptional prospects and to gain a full professional business qualification.”

The programme accepts students who have achieved at least 300 UCAS points at A-level (or equivalent).

BrightStart builds upon a successful programme under which some of Deloitte’s regional offices have hired a small number of school leavers in recent years.

Kavita Vadher, an audit assistant manager in Deloitte’s Gatwick office, commented: “Joining Deloitte after my A-levels gave me a head start on my career, compared to those of my friends who went to university. It meant I could gain the worldwide recognised accounting qualifications without having to pay huge university fees.

“At Deloitte, I am gaining invaluable experience working alongside professionals in the real world which puts me at an advantage to new graduates, and the scheme is helping me to achieve my long term career goals, without putting a strain on my purse.”

Full details on how to apply to the Bright Start scheme are available at www.deloitte.co.uk/graduates/brightstart.

Increased support for future graduates

Paul Stephenson, lead graduate recruitment partner at Deloitte, commented: “We are also expanding our help for future graduates by increasing the number of Summer Vacation Scheme places to 160 in 2011, up from 130 in 2010, and will increase this further in 2012 with a target of 240. This internship programme offers students going into their final year of university seven weeks of paid work experience in Deloitte’s Audit, Tax or Consulting business areas.

We are continuing to build on the success of our unique scholarship programme and our industrial placement programme, increasing these to 50 places, up from 41 in 2010.

“As one of the UK’s leading graduate employers, we will also hire over 1,100 graduates in 2011. Last autumn, we took on over 1,000 graduates from over 70 different universities, and we are working hard to further extend our reach.”

Striving for greater social mobility

John Kerr continued: “We recognise we are only as good as our people, making it imperative that find different ways to identify and support the people who can make a difference to clients. These people are not defined by the school or university they attended or their social background.

“Scholarship schemes and internships can play a huge role in identifying and fostering talent at an earlier stage, but only if the places are awarded to students on merit. We are working hard to ensure that students from all schools and universities have equal opportunity to take advantage of our schemes.

“We have a major role to play in championing greater social mobility. We are making strenuous efforts, driven not only by a sense of responsibility, but also by the huge incentive of accessing the very best talent.”

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Notes to editors:

For information on how to apply for the Bright Start Scheme, please visit www.deloitte.co.uk/graduates/brightstart.

Full details of the Deloitte Scholar Scheme, Summer Vacation Scheme and Graduate programme can be found at www.deloitte.co.uk.

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