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Higher Apprenticeship Program

New pathway. New possibilities.

Join the Higher Apprenticeship program to earn while you learn.

As an Apprentice with PwC, you'll have the opportunity to build new skills in a hands-on learning environment, receive paid employment, and take study leave to earn a professional qualification.

Applications open 20 October 2021
Applications close 30 November 2021

Create your career, differently.

There used to be one pathway into professional services.

University. Degree. Grad program. Career.

We've changed that now. 

You can join us straight out of high school as part of our very own PwC Higher Apprenticeship program. You'll build business and technology skills while working toward a qualification in IT. And with study support, you won't need to worry about course fees or the cost of textbooks and materials.

Experts will coach you in their field. You'll learn in a hands-on environment, forming relationships that will set you apart. You'll tackle varied, challenging work with a tangible impact on the community and business world.

Complete the Higher Apprenticeship program, and you get the chance to join our Graduate program and continue growing at PwC.

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Ready for a challenge? Become a PwC Apprentice.


When do applications open and close?

Applications for PwC's Higher Apprenticeship Program are closed - Due to open October 2021.

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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, this Higher Apprenticeship pathway is not preferred. 

However, please refer to our other full range of student programs, including our Graduate program.

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I’m an international student - can I apply?

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. However, you cannot have completed or be completing a qualification when you start your employment.

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What locations is the program running in?

Sydney and Melbourne.

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When does the program start and finish?

The program lasts 24 months. You'll work full-time and have the study leave and support required to complete a professional qualification. Once you've completed the program, we may offer the opportunity to continue with the firm as a graduate.

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Is the Higher Apprenticeship a paid program?


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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?

If you have a disability, we'll make reasonable adjustments to our processes for you.

During the application process, we'll ask if you require any adjustments to our recruitment process or if you anticipate needing any workplace adjustments to enable you to perform the role. If so, please specify and discuss with your recruiter on the 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. We like people who are curious, motivated, digitally savvy and passionate about technology. You've probably got many of the skills we want. 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 it applies to a professional services environment. 

We'll assess you against the competencies of our global framework. It's the framework that defines and encourages leadership at all levels. Learn more about the framework and the skills we look for here. 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 like a challenge. And you love getting feedback that shows you different ways to achieve. You're independent and prefer learning on the job to sitting in a room being taught. 

You like to be independent and challenge yourself.


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What is the recruitment process?

  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

Once you complete the process, your local recruiter will issue offers.

You'll play a series of engaging and fun online games that'll assess cognitive, behavioural and emotional traits. These games give us a little more insight into you and where you'll thrive the most in our business. After you've done it, you'll receive a traits report so you can learn more about yourself too.

At PwC, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is an integral part of everything we do. We want to remove any conscious or unconscious bias from the recruitment process. Therefore, we no longer require you to upload a CV or resume as part of the application process. Instead, we're interested in 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. 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. 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 our careers blog.

Attend our events: We run events before the application period to provide further information. Stay tuned to our social media channels and website for details 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: The information we gather here must be accurate. The 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 help you prepare your responses.

Understand what we are looking for: Think about your skills and how you got them. Things like sports teams, part-time jobs, co-curricular activities all provide an opportunity for you to show us what you've got.

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

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.

We'll invite you to attend a preview session along with your parents before the program starts. You'll get a comprehensive overview of the program, learning journey, and the qualifications on offer. In addition, it's an excellent 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 many teams that will be taking on Apprentices in February 2022. You can select a preference when applying. However, our team will help you find your best fit based upon your passions, interests, skills and attributes. Teams you could join:

  • Enabling Functions - Digitech
  • Enabling Functions - People & Culture
  • Assurance - Cyber
  • Consulting - Digital Trust
  • Consulting - Infrastructure

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