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Laura Carter is in the Social Mobility team at PwC, leading the school outreach work in the North of England and Scotland. Her role involves engaging with schools and other external stakeholders as well as designing and delivering the PwC schools outreach programme to less privileged secondary school students in order to develop their workplace skills. PwC social mobility team laura carter

Our support for schools and students

We know that the last few months have been an unsettling and uncertain time for everyone, and particularly for young people. We also know how important it is for young people to still have access to employer engagement and opportunities to develop key skills at this time. So at PwC, we have continued to offer support to school students as well as their teachers.

We have a number of online and virtual resources available, all of which can be accessed for free.

  1. Online Toolkit - Our toolkit has a wide selection of lessons for teachers/careers professionals to choose from that can be used to support learning and development whilst at home. We also created guidance for parents/carers on using the resources with their children at home. Topics include technology, how to manage money and wellbeing. Explore it here.
  2. Employability Hub - The hub is a place where students can find useful virtual tools, including interactive e-learns, to support them with developing key employability skills. There are also resources which provide an insight and some hints and tips into selection/assessment tools that firms like PwC are using. Explore it here.
  3. Virtual Classroom - We also launched PwC's Virtual Classroom, which is open to all students in Years 10-13. The first cycle of the programme ran from 1st July - 27th July, providing students with the opportunity to learn more about PwC and to develop their employability skills using a combination of live and pre-recorded sessions.
  4. Virtual Skills Sessions - We have also been running a number of virtual skills and recruitment sessions over the last few months for students in Years 10-13, in addition to our Virtual Classroom. Sessions have covered a number of topics to support students’ employability. More events will be running over the summer and details can be found on our careers website.

Due to the pandemic, we were no longer able to run our Year 12 Insight Week work experience programmes in person. Therefore, we decided to go virtual. We offered all applicants to one of the Insight Week programmes the opportunity to join our first-ever Virtual Insight Week programme, which ran for a week in May. We had over 1000 students sign up and join us for a week of pre-recorded and live sessions, all of which provided the opportunity to learn more about life at PwC. Over the last few months, we have also collaborated with a number of organisations, including Sutton Trust and Speakers for Schools, on virtual alternatives to work experience, to ensure that students are not missing out on opportunities to engage with the world of work. This has involved delivering skills sessions, running careers panels and providing projects for the students to work on in virtual groups.

We are now looking to the future and are currently planning our school engagement for the new academic year. This will most likely be a virtual programme for the time being. We are looking forward to engaging with schools and working with young people in the Autumn.