Dodds announces 20 training places on Assured Skills Academy with PwC

Date published: 29 March 2021

Economy Minister Diane Dodds today announced an Assured Skills Academy with PwC offering 20 high quality training places.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds
Economy Minister Diane Dodds

Focussing on Data and Analytics and open to people with degrees in any discipline, the Assured Skills Academy will see participants receive eight weeks of industry-relevant pre-employment training from Belfast Met.

Participants who complete the training will gain industry-recognised qualifications and are guaranteed a job interview for a role at PwC in Belfast.

The Minister commented:

“I very much welcome the opportunity to announce another Assured Skills Academy with PwC. This is an excellent opportunity for people with a degree in any subject to reskill for a career in the professional services sector. No experience is needed.

“I am committed to building the local skills base as a key part of the economic recovery. Assured Skills Academies have a proven track record of success in this area and my Department will be bringing forward more academies in the coming months.

“Successful applicants to the Academy will receive £155 per week training allowance and will be strongly positioned to compete for a job upon completion. I urge anyone who is eligible and interested to apply for this exciting opportunity.”

Course content will cover areas including: data modelling and architecture; data visualisation and manipulation techniques; design thinking and mock client simulation; and professional skills to prepare for the business environment.

Deborah Stevenson, Operate Director at PwC, said:

“We’re delighted to continue to support the Assured Skills Academy programme. With so much information held online these days, data and analytics continue to be critical to the future of our business. Giving people of all ages and disciplines an alternative route into employment and the skills needed for tomorrow’s workforce is essential to support growth in the marketplace.”

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive at Belfast Met, added:

“We are pleased to be working on this latest academy with PwC and DfE. Through this programme, participants will receive the most up-to-date, industry-relevant training in data and analytics, giving them the best chance possible to gain employment on completion.

“The Assured Skills Academies we deliver support participants to secure employment, and we look forward to welcoming our new cohort of learners.”

Applications for the PwC Data and Analytics Assured Skills Academy are open now and will close on 18 April. Applicants must hold a minimum 2:2 degree in any discipline.

Video interviews will be held on 27-29 April and training will commence for successful applicants on 17 May.

For more information and to apply visit nidirect

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  1. Assured Skills is a pre-employment training programme run by the Department for the Economy. More information is available on the DfE website
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