Posted on Wednesday 27 November 2019 by John Mulgrew

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Paul Terrington, PwC head of regions, Department for the Economy deputy secretary Heather Cousins and Ian McConnell, PwC partner

Professional services giant PwC is creating 600 new jobs, it has emerged.

The firm has announced the new roles alongside the Department for the Economy, through its Assured Skills Academy training places.

The department has worked with PwC, Belfast Met and Ulster University to develop a £4.4m pre-employment training project to upskill individuals for the new roles.

Paul Terrington, PwC’s head of regions, said: “Our Operate division’s unprecedented growth over the past two and a half years has created a consistent demand for more highly-skilled people to fill exciting jobs of the future in Northern Ireland – PwC’s biggest UK location outside London.

“Co-creating the content for these Academies means we are able to play a positive role in upskilling the Northern Ireland workforce, in line with PwC’s commitment to digital upskilling not just for our employees but for wider society.”

Ian McConnell, PwC partner responsible for Operate, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Department for the Economy, Belfast Met and UU to retain and upskill Northern Ireland’s homegrown workforce, attract people home and create sustainable, quality jobs of the future.”

And the Department for the Economy’s deputy secretary Heather Cousins, said: “This expansion by PwC is a massive endorsement of the talent in Northern Ireland and the Department for Economy’s ability to respond to the skills needed by growing companies in the professional services sector here.

“The co-operation between DfE, PwC, Belfast Met and Ulster University to upskill graduates to compete for 600 new jobs at PwC represents the biggest Assured Skills Academies project to date. 

“Assured Skills Academies are a proven and successful model of upskilling the Northern Ireland workforce and ensuring that local businesses have access to the people they need to grow. Since starting as a pilot in 2011, Assured Skills Academies have trained more than 1,500 people, with over 1,200 securing employment across a range of diverse sectors.”

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