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Ignite Apprenticeship programme

Launch your career with a human-led, tech-powered community of solvers.

As an Ignite apprentice, you'll build a broad range of skills in business, digital technology, transformation and innovation to kickstart your consulting career with PwC.

Our apprentice analysts are supported to complete training and, if appropriate, certification through specific industry & technology Alliance partners, aligned to the capabilities we have identified, while gaining practical experience working on client engagements.


What the Ignite programme offers you

  • Kickstart or pivot your career while earning a salary

  • On-the-job learning and no student debt

  • Employment with a leading professional services firm - that's us!

  • Full-time permanent career with PwC

The programme offers exciting permanent positions at PwC for people with a passion for using technology to solve the problems of the future.

The needs of our clients and communities are changing and to help address this we’ve committed to building a diverse workforce that better reflects the communities we live, work in and serve. These positions recognise the need to remove the barriers and inequities of access to a career in professional services, creating a strong focus on inclusivity.

The apprenticeship will form the first 12 months of your career with PwC, providing support and learning opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and capabilities.

Approximately 20% of your time will be dedicated towards training and/or certifications in your first year. 

Each cohort is aligned to market and client demand. As such new cohort intakes become  available based on growth areas.

We’re looking for excellent communicators, innovators and problem solvers with a passion for empowering people through technology.

Our apprentices come from a range of backgrounds including graduates, high-school leavers and those taking their career in a new direction.

Most cohorts won’t require a specific background or certification; just a passion to learn and apply your growing knowledge on the job.

 

Current cohorts

Microsoft - Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) - June 2021

  • Developing solution & consulting skills in Microsoft technologies (Business Applications, Azure Cloud Platform, Data & AI) to help Kiwi organisations adopt new technologies and change for the better.

Salesforce - Tāmaki Makaurau/Pōneke (Auckland/Wellington) - September 2021

  • Developing solution & consulting skills in Salesforce cloud applications to help Kiwi organisations adopt new technologies and change for the better.

Data and Analytics - Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) - February 2022

  • Building capability in data visualization, artificial intelligence and machine learning, business applications (ERPs) and/or Dev Ops to level the playing field and bring about valuable insights and smart organisational change.

Te Waipounamu / Business Process Optimisation - Ōtautahi (Christchurch) - May 2022

  • Building strong consulting skills to support market demand and key growth areas in Ōtautahi and the South Island with a focus on transformation delivery.

What you’ll need to apply:

  • An up-to-date CV (word or pdf document)

  • A cover letter

If selected, candidates will be invited to take part in a one-day assessment centre. This will provide you with an opportunity to meet PwC staff, learn more about the programme, take part in a group case-study and participate in an interview. You may also be required to complete testing and/or preparatory work for the assessment centre.

Who is eligible to apply for the programme?

Anyone 18 years or older is welcome to apply, providing they are eligible to live and work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Do I need a qualification or degree to apply?

You do not need a degree or specific qualification to apply. Our current cohorts consist of graduates, school leavers and those with work experience.

Some cohorts may require students who have specific experience or skills sets i.e. working with data.

The programme is designed to remove the barriers and inequities of access to a career in professional services and cultivate diversity of thought, experience and culture within PwC.

How many intakes are there?

As PwC rapidly expands, we will grow the number of apprenticeships and cohorts we have. New cohort intakes will occur in the business areas we want to grow and build more capability.

When is the next intake?

You can find dates for confirmed cohorts under the ‘current and future cohorts’ tab. To be notified about upcoming cohorts, please complete our stay in touch form.

Do I need to be a New Zealand citizen?

You must be eligible to work in New Zealand (i.e. citizen, permanent resident, Australian citizen). We are unable to sponsor applicants or offer positions based on a study or work visa.

Is there an age limit?

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. There is no upper age limit.

What happens at the end of the 12 month apprenticeship?

Once you have completed the 12 month apprenticeship, you’ll graduate from the programme and integrate fully into your home team at PwC.

Is the apprenticeship paid?

Yes this is a full-time permanent paid position.

What is the application process?

What you’ll need to apply:

  • An up-to-date CV (word or pdf document)

  • A cover letter

If selected, candidates will be invited to take part in a one-day assessment centre. This will provide you with an opportunity to meet PwC staff, learn more about the programme, take part in a group case-study and participate in an interview. You may also be required to complete testing and/or preparatory work for the assessment centre.

 

Our values

Act with integrity

We expect and deliver the highest quality outcomes, speak up for what’s right, even in difficult situations, and make decisions as if our personal reputation is at stake.

Make a difference

We stay informed and respond with agility to the ever-changing business environment in which we operate—always looking to create a positive impact on our colleagues, clients and society.

Care

We aim to understand every individual and what matters to them, recognising each person’s value and contribution, while enabling them to grow in a way that brings out their best.

Work together

We collaborate, share ideas and integrate a diverse range of perspectives to improve ourselves and others.

Reimagine the possible

We empower innovation and challenge the status quo by keeping an open mind to the possibilities in every idea.

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Shekhinahglory and Junior Laulala are siblings who joined PwC through the Ignite programme in 2021 and have progressed in their respective careers since.

Born and raised in Samoa hailing from the villages of Sapapali’i, Savai’i (paternal) and Salani, Falealili (maternal) the duo migrated to Aotearoa in 2006. As the only two siblings in their family, they have a close bond. Their story is unique. With little prior knowledge of PwC, or who or what  ‘The Big 4’ were, Junior found out about the Ignite Programme through his network with GirlBoss.

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A career with PwC gives you a distinct opportunity to work with market-leading private businesses, public-sector organisations and government agencies to help solve their big issues. In our highly skilled environment, you’ll be enabled by cutting-edge technology and a culture of self-disruption, allowing you to do the best work of your life.

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