09.04.19 mh VQ Awards Deloitte 4

Creating a new career pathway for young people in Cardiff

The introduction of an innovative apprenticeship programme paving the way for a new generation of young people to flourish in the financial services sector in Cardiff has resulted in Deloitte LLP being named as a finalist in the prestigious Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards 2019.

The company’s efforts have been recognised as a finalist in the Employer of the Year category of this year’s VQ Awards, which are designed to reward individuals and organisations for their commitment, hard work and achievements.

Deloitte introduced a work-based learning apprenticeship programme in 2015 and, to date, 74 learners have joined a programme providing more opportunities outside of traditional accountancy-type roles to young people who may not previously have considered a career in the industry.

It is helping to change the misconception that top level finance jobs are reserved for those with university degrees with the programme guaranteeing that successful apprentices have a permanent job in their area of work, and the opportunity to continue their vocational education.

“As an employer we are aware that improving social mobility is one of the UK’s biggest challenges,” explained Andrew Bevan, senior manager, Deloitte. “We are committed to helping young people succeed, whatever their background, and ensure this is reflected in our approach to recruitment and development.

“Our apprenticeship programmes reinforce our commitment to the development of diverse talent. Our entry-level apprenticeship in partnership with Cardiff and Vale College has opened up a whole new pool of talent for us.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for this year’s VQ Awards. The awards recognise the value employers like us place on vocational qualifications and the work we do to upskill our people, expanding their capabilities and opportunities.”

The company offers a range of academic and professional qualifications, including an award winning City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration.

Deloitte has also launched an open access adult employability skills programme which will make a substantial difference to the employability prospects of up to 100 people in the region this year. Its long-running Deloitte Access schools outreach programme provides mentoring to students in low income communities, aiming to raise aspirations and remove some of the barriers into employment.

“Deloitte’s commitment to providing an alternative career pathway into the professional services sector is commendable,” said Chris Baker, Communications Officer at Cardiff and Vale College. “Deloitte offers one of the most innovative apprenticeship programmes in Wales which provides a real, genuine alternative to academic learning.”

Now in their 12th year, the VQ Awards celebrate those who use technical, practical and vocational qualifications to achieve success. A Vocational Qualification – VQ- award is a symbol of dedication towards your chosen profession. The awards help us to celebrate those Welsh learners, trainers and employers who are already going that extra mile when it comes to developing vocational skills and qualifications.

There are four award categories – VQ Learner of the Year – Intermediate, VQ Learner of the Year – Higher, VQ Trainer of the Year and VQ Employer of the Year – which encompass the spectrum of learning, training and employment.

Also shortlisted finalists in the Employer category are Scarlet Knight and St Cyres School.

The winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the National Museum Cardiff on May 15. The ceremony coincides with VQ Day, which celebrates vocational achievement and the benefits of technical, practical and vocational learning to both the individual and the Welsh economy.

The awards are jointly organised by the Welsh Government, the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), ColegauCymru/CollegesWales, Qualifications Wales and the Education Workforce Council. The Welsh Government’s funding has support from the European Social Fund.

Picture caption: Hywel Jones (centre) Deloitte LLP senior manager internal client services with apprentices.

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