Higher Apprenticeship Program

New pathway. New possibilities.

Create your career, differently.

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 rapidly evolving, and so are we. There are now opportunities available to you straight out of high school.

As an apprentice, you'll build a broad range of skills in business and technology while working toward a qualification in IT, at the same time! And thanks to our study support, you won’t need to worry about course fees or the cost of textbooks and materials.

You’ll be coached by experts in their field, learning on-the-job in a hands-on environment and building relationships that will set you apart as you progress in your career.

Just like our graduates, you'll work on varied, challenging client work or internal projects, which make a real difference in the community and to the world of business.

Upon successful completion of the Higher Apprenticeship program there is the opportunity to advance your career by joining our Graduate program.

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When do applications open and close?

Applications for PwC's Higher Apprenticeship Program are closed.

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Who's eligible?

The Higher Apprenticeship program is an alternative career pathway for those who do not wish to go down the university route. To apply, individuals:

-Must have obtained a high school certificate (HSC, VCE, VCAL or equivalent) by the time the program commences

-Be Australian or New Zealand citizens, or Australian permanent residents

-Cannot possess a degree, Certificate 1V qualification or higher at the time the program commences  

Please note: If you are considering university or currently studying towards a degree qualification, please refer to our full range of student programs, including our Graduate program.

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I’m an international student - can I apply?

Unfortunately only Australian or New Zealand citizens, or Australian permanent residents are eligible to apply.

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I am currently studying, can I still apply?

Yes, applicants who are currently studying are welcome to apply. However, you cannot have completed or be in the process of completing a qualification at the time employment commences.


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What locations is the program running in?

Higher Apprenticeship roles will be offered in Sydney and Melbourne.

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When does the program start and finish?

The program will run over the course of 24 months, commencing in January 2020. During this time, you will work full-time and be given the study leave and support required to complete a professional qualification. Following completion of the program and an assessment of performance, you may be offered the opportunity to continue with the firm as a graduate.

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Is the Higher Apprenticeship a paid program?

Yes, you will be paid on an annual salary basis.

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I interviewed / applied last year and wasn’t selected. Can I reapply?

Yes! We welcome you to reapply.

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I need an adjustment for a disability. What do I do?

PwC recognises the benefits of diversity and is committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce, including the number of employees with disability.

As part of our commitment to creating a culture of inclusion, if you have a disability we'll be happy to make reasonable adjustments to our processes for you.

During the application process you will be asked if you require any adjustments to our recruitment process or if you anticipate needing any workplace adjustments to enable you to perform the role you're applying for. If so, please specify and discuss with your recruiter on first contact. By letting us know we can help you to perform at your best.


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What kind of qualification will I earn?

Apprentices will have the opportunity to obtain a qualification in Information Technology (IT) earning Certificate IV followed by a Diploma.

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What do you look for in a candidate?

We're looking for great communicators and problem solvers. Those who are curious, motivated, digitally savvy and have a passion for technology. You might not know it, but you’ve probably got many of the skills we are looking for. Your academic studies, hobbies, part-time work, fundraising or sporting achievements all showcase your talents and the kind of person you are. Think about what you do, how you do it and how this could be applied in a professional services environment. 

You’ll be assessed against the competencies of our global framework, the PwC Professional. This is how we define and encourage leadership at all levels - from Apprentice to Partner. Learn more about the framework and the skills we look for here. Also, check out our YouTube channel for tips on how to prepare.

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How do I know if this program is right for me?

-You’re keen to start your career and earn a salary as early as possible

-You’re concerned about the cost of going to university

-You prefer on-the-job to full-time learning

-You respond well to coaching and feedback

-You like to be independent and challenge yourself

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What is the recruitment process?

Our recruitment process has never been easier! Simply:

1. Apply online and complete the application form (Guess what? You don’t need a CV)

2. Complete an online assessment

3. Undertake a digital interview

4. Attend an immersive assessment day

Once you complete the process, offers will be issued from your local recruiter.

What’s new? This year we have an exciting online assessment tool for you. You’ll play a series of engaging and fun online games that’ll assess cognitive, behavioural and emotional traits, giving us a little more insight into you as a person and where you’ll thrive the most in our business. After you’ve completed it you’ll also receive a traits report so you can learn more about yourself as well.

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What happens at the assessment day?

An Assessment Centre is the final stage of our recruitment process. Should you be invited to attend this stage, you’ll be required to attend a half day at one of our offices. The Assessment Centre is an immersive experience where you will have the opportunity to meet the team and hear from former Apprentices. As part of the process, you’ll undertake an in person face-to-face interview, writing exercise and participate in a group case study.

Whilst we try to accommodate all candidates, we will require you to attend an Assessment Day to ensure a fair and equitable experience for all applicants. If you are unable to make it to the Assessment Day (for example, if you are overseas for extended periods of time), we will not be able to progress your application. Assessment Days will commence from 30th September (VIC) and 7th October (NSW).

At PwC, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is an important part of everything we do. As part of this commitment, we want to remove any conscious or unconscious bias from impacting the recruitment process. Therefore, we no longer require you to upload a CV or resume as part of the application process. We care about your potential and ability, and look for people whose purpose and passions align with our values. We hope this will help create a more equitable, fair and diverse application experience for you.

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How can I prepare?

Before applying

Deciding what to do following high school can be daunting. From university, to taking a gap year, to entering the world of work...there are a myriad of options available. Here are some tips to consider before applying to help you decide if this path is the right one for you:

Research our program options: There are many different routes to a career at PwC. It is important to feel confident you're choosing the program that best compliments your career aspirations and skills. The Higher Apprenticeship program is a non-university route to employment. You can view more information on our full range of student programs including our Graduate program here.

Find out more about who we are and what we do: You'll find extensive information on PwC people, culture and values, our purpose and the type of work we do on our website, YouTube channel and on our careers blog.

Attend our events: We'll be running a range of events in the lead up to and during the application period to provide further information on all of the above. Stay tuned to our social media channels and website for further information and to register.

During the application process

We encourage parents, carers, teachers and career advisors to provide support and guidance throughout the application process.

Proofreading your application: It's important that the information we gather here is accurate. A second pair of eyes always helps!

Prepare for the video interview: This is the opportunity to tell us why you’re interested in a career with us. Check out our YouTube video to help you prepare. Working through some standard interview practice questions with someone else can really help you prepare your responses.

Understand what we are looking for: Think about what skills you have and how you've developed or demonstrated these through past experiences or activities. Things like sport teams, part-time jobs, co curricular activities all provide an opportunity for you to show us you've got what we are looking for.

Talk about current topics and trends: Share recent news stories over the breakfast table or start up some conversations about current business and technology topics and trends in the classroom. All this will help you to develop your unique point of view which you could be asked about in your interview.

Understand the STAR Interview method: This will help you prepare for your interview and better understand how you can apply your examples to potential competency based questions, in a structured way. You can find tips on how to prepare for your interview on our YouTube channel.

You'll be invited to attend a preview session along with your parents prior to the program starting. Here we will provide a further overview of the program, learning journey and the qualifications to be obtained. This is a great opportunity for you to meet your fellow Apprentices before starting.  

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Is this program rotational?

No. Upon application, you may select a team preference. However, our team will help you find your best fit based on your skills, passions and attributes.

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What teams can I join?

We have a number of teams who will be taking on Apprentices in January 2020. You are able to elect a preference when applying. However, our team will help you find your best fit based upon your personal passions, interests, skills and attributes.

Teams you could join

Technology Consulting:

Want to join a team that works to deliver services spanning the technology lifecycle? Using your skills in tech, communication, problem solving, business and relationship management, you’ll get to help organisations and communities change, for the better. You will help translate the needs of the business into technical requirements, managing and executing the vital steps required to ensure that important organisational, business and operational improvements are made effectively. You will be involved in reviewing and implementing different strategies and solutions across multiple applications, systems and platforms. Collaborating with solution architects, system analysts and developers, you will deliver quality solutions via new and existing technologies, making a difference to live projects right from the start.

Technology Risk and Assurance (Risk Assurance)

Are you interested in cyber security, project management, technology risk or data analytics? Our Risk Assurance team harnesses technology and business experience to enable our clients to drive growth and create a competitive advantage. Here your projects could be involved in blockchain, bot building or AI, where you'll look at our clients' processes, policies, systems and controls with fresh eyes - helping them to see around corners, manage risk holistically and make well informed decisions to keep their businesses on track. You will use your relationship management skills to build trust with clients, helping them understand and manage the cyber security risks of digital platforms and data. Your work will help clients improve the performance, efficiency and reliability of their organisation and processes.


Love all things data and numbers? As part of our Insight Analytics team you will join a team of data scientists taking on some of the world’s biggest business problems. Using your mathematical skills in analytical and creative thinking, problem solving, data reporting and presentation, you will help clients add value to their business by providing data-led insights that help them face business challenges. Learn how to devise and implement best practices using a variety of data science techniques and collect, clean, aggregate and visualise data in a clear and meaningful way. You will use programming languages (R, Python, Scala etc) to mine data and predict patterns, building statistical models using to assist with forecasting. Your work in analysing complex commercial, operational and financial data will help executives, employers, customers and suppliers make the right decisions. This could mean driving net growth opportunities, improving operations or identifying and managing risk.

Economics and Policy:

Want to play a part in helping Australian businesses become more profitable and sustainable? In Consulting (Economics and Policy) you will work with the team to help both public and private sector clients understand the fundamental dynamics of their markets and products, outline future outcomes and evaluate the impact of an investment or policy decision on their stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to work on business case development and economic appraisals, program review and evaluation, preparing regulatory impact statements to cost-benefit and economic impact analysis. Day-to-day, your work could involve building the initial structure of economic models, preparing reports, developing presentations and reviewing literature.

Digital Technology Services:

Interested in the way internal technology can be used to disrupt and grow a business? Join our digital experts to ensure our products and services are digital, mobile, optimised and automated. You will work with the team to strengthen the digital mindset across the firm, increasing the Digital IQ of our people so we can deliver more value for our clients through the right technology investments. You will help create a compelling digital experience for our people by providing support such as troubleshooting iOS, Android, Windows and/or MACOS issues or consolidating data servers. Your work will have an impact from day one, helping to improve collaboration, digital automation, mobility and knowledge across the firm.  

Customer Experience and Insights:

Interested in the way customers interact with brands and products online? Our Customer Experience and Insights team helps bring together different expertise and perspectives and models interactive technologies to help businesses adapt to change, identify and solve problems. You will use your skills in tech, problem solving and creative idea generation to help bring together experts from multiple disciplines in order to create next-generation experiences for customers, employees and partners. Creating integrated end-to-end digital solutions across platforms such as mobile or VR, your work will help curate a more engaging customer experience for people both now, and in the future.

For more information on how these teams fit within our different lines of service, click here.

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