PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is one of the leading professional services firms in the world, and has the purpose to build trust in society and solve important problem. PwC is a network of firms in 158 countries, but closer to home, has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. PwC’s professional services team in Scotland works with businesses of all sizes to help them create the value they are looking for. They deliver a range of services including audits, tax, corporate finance, cyber security and fintech solutions
PwC is committed to empowering communities, and has, amongst many other projects, built a strategic business partnership with Whitehill Secondary School in Glasgow. This partnership has evolved over the past few years, but over the past 12 months, the plans have developed further to include some exciting and valuable new opportunities for the students.
Along with employability and skills development workshops, PwC have integrated an excellent “Health and Wellbeing” element to their suite of offerings. This covers important topics such as time-management, strategies to deal with stress and how to stay resilient during times of pressure. This aims to help address concerns raised by employers and students about young people feeling overwhelmed when they first enter the labour market, as well as considering the pressures that young people are under at school and university.
In another forward-thinking move, PwC have started to link their operations in technology and enterprise to the curriculum, and are starting to deliver interactive workshops to students, which lead to a growth in confidence and skills for students and employees alike. The introduction of their new fully-funded Data Science Graduate Apprenticeships, with the universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh, and backed by Skills Development Scotland, also aim to help boost technology employment and enhance Scotland’s skills base in response to rapid innovations in industry. Hopefully many students from Whitehill will be inspired to join PwC’s Digital Insight Week work experience in S5 and will then progress on to the Data Science Graduate Apprenticeships after finishing school.
Looking ahead, PwC will be developing their strategic plan with Whitehill to ensure that as many young people from less-privileged backgrounds are given the opportunity to gain key employability skills, practice mock interviews, enhance their digital skills and be inspired about the wealth of opportunities on offer to them in Scotland at PwC and beyond.
Great work, PwC!