Up to 50 graduates will be offered jobs with some of Northern Ireland’s leading employers thanks to new partnerships between Queen’s University, PwC and top IT companies.
The PwC Scholarship Programme will see up to 30 graduates per year, over the next three years, from Queen’s University Management School provided with job opportunities at the global management consultancy’s Belfast office. Successful candidates will be selected from those who will have secured A 2:1 degree, have completed a series of work placements and the three-day PwC Academy Course.
In similar partnerships with IT companies Asidua, Citi, Kainos and Liberty IT, up to 20 first year students will work for the sponsor company over the summer months and throughout their placement year. Subject to satisfactory performance, each student involved will receive a job offer on graduation.
The opportunities will be available to students enrolling on specific courses at Queen’s University Management School and the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from September 2014.
Queen’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ellen Douglas-Cowie said: “These new partnerships with PwC, Asidua, Citi, Kainos and Liberty IT will further cement our relationships with some of Northern Ireland’s top companies, while providing an important boost to the graduate job market.”
Paul Terrington, PwC’s Northern Ireland regional chairman said: “PwC is an enthusiastic partner in the programme. PwC is already Northern Ireland’s largest graduate recruiter and our ambitious growth programme will almost double our graduate recruitment ambitions over the next few years.
“Our ideal graduate entrants have employability skills that complement their academic achievements and work placements, internships and real-world experience are a vital component in that employability mix.”