Duke Of York Launches Deloitte’s Search For 60 New ‘Brightstarts’ In Belfast

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The Duke of York today launched Deloitte’s campaign to recruit at least 60 new apprentices through its award winning BrightStart programme for talented school leavers in Northern Ireland.

HRH Prince Andrew visited Deloitte’s Technology Studio in Belfast’s Gasworks to hear about the leading professional and technology services firm’s work in Northern Ireland. As part of the visit the Duke officially announced that applications for the third intake of the Deloitte Belfast BrightStart programme are now being accepted.

BrightStart at Deloitte in Belfast is an innovative five-year training and development programme which sees school leavers start employment with Deloitte while also gaining an honours degree (BSc in Business Technology) through Ulster University as well as recognised professional qualifications. During the programme, BrightStart employees will be working for the company’s clients across the UK and beyond. The 40 young people who joined Deloitte in the 2016 intake started their professional careers and studies at Ulster University last month.

Such has been the success of the programme that Deloitte has increased the number of young people recruited in each intake since it launched in 2015. The application process is now underway for the June 2017 places, with a deadline of 25th November 2016.

Jackie Henry, Senior Partner at Deloitte NI, said: “We were delighted to have welcomed the Duke of York to our Belfast Technology Studio and to have him launch our new BrightStart programme. We know he is a big supporter of enterprise-focused education and apprenticeships and he provided great encouragement to the young people on our BrightStart programme.

“Deloitte has really ambitious growth plans and we want to continue to tap into the rich vein of talent that exists among local school leavers. We have had great success with the first two years of the programme and that has given us confidence to increase our intake yet again.

“We have found that the BrightStarts who have joined the firm bring a different sort of energy, drive and ambition and their raw ability is helping us to be even more innovative. Deloitte’s commitment to hiring new talent has been a key component of our strong track record in devising leading edge solutions to the business issues facing our clients.”

Deloitte’s Belfast practice has been on a major recruitment drive in the past two years and in May this year committed to an employment target of 1,000 staff in Northern Ireland by 2020, which would make it the firm’s largest UK office outside London.

Recruitment has been taking place across Deloitte NI’s business, covering its significant technology, digital and data analytics capability through its Belfast Technology Studio as well as the firm’s pensions, audit, consulting and tax practices.

More information about BrightStart2017 can be found here

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