Earn while you learn with PwC’s Higher Apprenticeship program

PwC Higher Apprenticeship Program
Want to work in tech but not keen on uni? Check out PwC's Higher Apprenticeship program.

Once upon a time there used to be one pathway into professional services – university, degree, grad program, career. But no longer!

PwC has flipped the script with their Higher Apprenticeship program, which is all about building up your business and tech skills while learning on the job AND getting paid. Awesome, right?

Here’s how it works. You join PwC (who provide solutions in audit, assurance, consulting and accounting services) right out of Year 12, and through the Higher Apprenticeship program you work towards an IT qualification. You also receive study support, so you can say ‘see you later’ to course fees and pesky extra costs for textbooks and materials. PwC has you covered.

Another perk of the program? You’ll be mentored by professionals and will dive right into challenging work that’ll equip you with sought-after skills. This is all about setting you up for future career success. By completing the Higher Apprenticeship program, you get the chance to join the PwC Graduate Program too!

This is such an amazing opportunity for those who want to kickstart a STEM career but aren’t keen on the uni path. Plus, you get to be a part of one of the top 50 brands worldwide and one of LinkedIn’s top companies for where Australians want to work!

Don’t just take our word for it though…

Meet a Higher Apprentice: Annika Sanker, Graduate/Associate at PwC

Annika Sanker, Graduate/Associate at PwC

Think PwC’s Higher Apprenticeship program could be the right fit for you? Annika Sanker thought so too and now she’s landed an incredible tech gig! After completing the program, Annika went on to work in technology consulting, within PwC’s Microsoft Team as a graduate associate. Here she specialises in Power Platforms, a set of low-code tools for building apps, workflows, AI bots, and data analytics that she uses to deliver dynamic solutions across all her projects.

“I always knew I liked IT, but it was really PwC that sparked my real passion for it,” says Annika. “Being able to see tangible, real-world uses for technology that wasn’t limited by the industry is really inspiring. And being able to be a part of that has been an incredible journey with little to no dull aspects.”

Right now, Annika is focused on a project for the education industry. “The project aims to align various school standards to be more streamlined across all schools for a more cohesive and consistent way of handling certain tasks,” she explains.

Another exciting project that she’s worked on during her time at PwC used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create a virtual assistant for a business. “When people think of sci-fi, they often think of AI or virtual reality, and whilst I was working on this project, that technology was tangible and applicable to real-world problems that our clients were facing.”

Working at PwC has also given Annika the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of people who are experts in the fields. “My big future goal is to join those ranks as a leading expert in cutting-edge technology, being able to inspire the next steps forward within the industry.”

On taking a less traditional pathway into STEM, Annika believes that employers are looking for graduates who are skilled up. “I think people are starting to value experience as a supplement to traditional learning pathways like university and TAFE,” she says. “So, being able to get that hands-on experience so early in my career alongside the Diploma of IT and Certificate IV in Information Technologies I studied at TAFE was a really valuable combination.”

To learn more about the PwC Higher Apprenticeship program, head here.

This article is brought to you in partnership with PwC.

Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is Careers with STEM’s digital content strategist. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.

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