Higher Apprenticeship program

New pathway. New possibilities.

Traditionally, there has only been one route to a career in professional services. University. Degree. Career. But things have changed. The world of business is changing, and there are now opportunities available to you straight out of school.


PwC is proud to be launching a new entry path for high school leavers, commencing July 2017 in both our Consulting and Assurance teams. The Higher Apprenticeships program is an alternative pathway to the traditional graduate route, offering you the opportunity to earn a competitive salary while studying towards a professional qualification from a leading training organisation.

Just like our graduates, you’ll work on varied, challenging client or internal projects. Our program is designed to help you develop your business skills while completing your qualification and contributing to real client work. You’ll enjoy on-the-job training and coaching, alongside time out to study for your exams. When you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll have access to the same opportunities for career progression as a new graduate.


When do applications open and close?

  • Open 8 May and close 14 June

What is the application process?

  • Complete an online application

  • Assessment Centre (group task, testing, and interviewing skills)

  • Final stage interview

When would I start the Higher Apprenticeship program?

  • 31 July 2017

In what locations is the Higher Apprenticeship program offered?

  • Sydney and Melbourne

How long is the Higher Apprenticeship program?

  • It is an 18 month program structured around completion of a Diploma in Business and on the job training.

  • Upon successful completion of the diploma and subject to performance during the program, apprentices will then transition to Associate level in our business and continue your career pathway with us.

Is this a paid program?

  • Yes

Who can Apply to the Higher Apprenticeship program?

  • Our Higher Apprenticeship program is open to all students that have completed year 12 of high school (HSC, VCE or equivalent) and will be ready commence employment by late July 2017.
  • We are unable to accept applications from students who have completed or are in the process of completing a bachelor degree or are yet to finish year 12. 
  • Applicants must have eligibility to work in Australia.

Can International Students apply?

  • If you have full time working rights within Australia. You will be required to supply supporting documentation as evidence.

When will the Assessment Centres be held?

  • The week commencing the 26th of June 2017

When will final interviews be held?

  • The week commencing 3rd of July

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  • Applicants must have completed year 12 of high school (HSC, VCE or equivalent) and be able to commence employment by late July 2017 in our Sydney or Melbourne office

  • Applicants must be eligible to work in Australia

  • We are unable to accept applications from students who have completed a degree or are yet to finish year 12.

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Program start date

31 July, 2017

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Recruitment process


  • Online Application (deadline 14 June)

  • Assessment Centre (group task, testing, and interviewing skills) - week commencing 26 June

  • Final stage interview - week commencing 3 July, offers by 7 July

  • Start Date - 31 July

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What we look for

We’re looking for switched on, enthusiastic people who have a passion to work on projects that make an impact. We’re on the hunt for people with speciality interests. Got a passion for coding, building websites, interested in economics or keeping up with the latest business trends? If you’re a great communicator and a team player, you’ll fit right in!

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What you’ll do as an apprentice

Apprentices will join either our Consulting or Assurance teams.

As an Assurance apprentice, you will work with a broad spectrum of clients to provide assurance and comfort that they are operating effectively and in the right way. You’ll get to understand their business from the inside out and help them solve complex issues.

Project areas include:

  • Risks and opportunities in today’s fast paced world

  • Future business strategies

  • Cybersecurity, third party and privacy risks

  • How to undergo a significant transformation with confidence

  • Build and manage IT risk controls

  • Business and performance reporting

  • Core financial statement and internal control audits

  • Improving Internal Audit function capabilities

As a Consulting apprentice, you'll get to help organisations and communities change, for the better. Solving their most challenging problems, you will design, manage and execute the vital steps required to ensure that important organisational, business and operational improvements are made. The team’s varied skills, experiences and insights provide real value to our clients, with services that cover planning and strategy, right through to practical implementation.

Working areas include:

  • Business operations

  • Data

  • Economics & policy

  • Technology

  • Risk & regulation

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Qualification obtained

Diploma of Business (BSB50215)

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