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25 November 2021

Almost 40 Westminster City School students have spent a day at the London offices of world-leading accounting firm, PwC, learning what it would be like to work as a business consultant there.

For the second stage of PwC’s two-part careers programme, ‘New World, New Skills Schools Series’, our Year 10 students visited the company’s impressive offices near London Bridge. With support by a team of PWC employees for the day, they were given a project brief outlining a fictional client that PwC might work with. Our students then worked in teams to devise creative solutions to the challenges that their client faced, before presenting their work to a panel of PwC staff. 

Ms Baulcomb, who accompanied our students, explained: “This required our young people to think creatively, show excellent teamwork and communicate effectively with one another, which has helped them develop their employability skills for the future. Our students also heard about the career journeys of the PwC volunteers they worked with, which gave them an invaluable insight into the different pathways they could take to work in the business services industry.

“This was an inspirational experience for all involved. It was fantastic to see the confidence of our young people develop throughout the day - I was immensely proud of the way they worked collaboratively with each other and confidently delivered their presentations to the whole group. The PwC staff also fed back how impressed they were with the quality of their presentations and how much they enjoyed working with our students.”

Our Year 10 students were selected to take part in this PwC initiative, which aims to support young people in developing employability skills for the workplace, as well as giving a real insight into a corporate environment. The first part of the programme was in-school virtual workshop run by PwC last week, where our students took part in an ice breaker activity and had to think about their future goals.

PwC is ranked as the second-largest professional services network in the world and considered one of the Big Four accounting firms, along with Deloitte, EY and KPMG. Its headquarters are in London but PwC firms operate in 157 countries and employ over 280,000 people.

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