This is just a small blog to give you as potential apprentices an insight as to what your typical week could be like!
I wake up every morning at 6am. I feed and walk my dog then feed my two tortoises. I shower and get dressed, formal shirt and tie for Mondays through Thursdays then Smart Casual for Friday. I make sure that I have my bag and packed lunch then leave for the train station. My train is a 40 minute journey so I always make sure that I have a good pair of headphones to listen to some feel good music while on the train. I usually get to work around 07:50am but I start at 8:30am. Usually people start at 9am but I have been granted this early start to finish earlier so I have more time at home. This also gives me the opportunity to set up and make myself a coffee before I start my day.
During working day, I am the first point of communication for my team. I have the responsibility of ensuring that members of the firm fulfil their compliance responsibilities. It can get busy at times but I prefer being proactive and productive with my time. I answer a variety of queries that come my way and after time you get used to responding to questions. I love working in an office environment, you sit with your team so if you need help you can just ask, also you can go grab a coffee and relax while you work at your own pace!
All apprentices have to attend college once a month for classroom training. This is where we go over several modules to make sure we are ready for our exams. I like these days because the other apprentices work in other offices so we can share our experiences and have a general catch up.
Every Friday is our study day; a chance for us to look over our college work, organise coursework and revise for exams! I love having it on a Friday because we get to dress informally and relax while studying in a meeting room. It is also nice to have the chance to talk to the other apprentices and have a catch up on how they are finding the apprenticeship.
Apart from working and studying I have a social life outside of work. Monday was a particularly special day for me. I received a Two Stone weight loss award from my slimming world group and I was awarded Greatest Loser of 2016! This has been 9 weeks of progress from the meal we had in the college with the other apprentices and mentors behind the scheme. I feel so proud of myself and am already feeling the health benefits of losing over 10 % of my body fat.
Last weekend, I travelled to Southampton to play an away rugby game for the Cardiff Lions Rugby Team against the Wessex Wyverns. I started back with the Lions in January, at first I was nervous as I have never played rugby before but the respect this team have for each other and the supportive attitude of the player is both honourable and admirable. This was my first of many matches I intend to be playing for this team, and, it was nice to settle down, getting to know the teams after our match with a buffet and beverages.
Overall, this apprenticeship scheme has been an amazing experience for me. It has given me a whole new perspective into the working world. This isn’t just an apprenticeship, with Deloitte this is an opportunity to have an amazing career, make strong relationships both business and friends, and, to gain valuable work experience from one of the leading global financial industries. Hopefully I will be accepted for the Bright Start Scheme which will allow me to become a qualified accountant and enhance my future experience with Deloitte.
The Spark Event was a new and exciting experience for everyone within Financial Advisory. I was in the first wave of the event, there were six waves in total, which included 300 colleagues across the whole of Financial Advisory. It was nice to get out of the city for a few days too. The location of the event was near Swindon and was next to a large lake which was beautiful during sunset!
We were given an iPad each to use during our time at the event which included our itineraries as well as lots of documents and information for the case study that we were to complete during the two days. The teams were arranged so there was at least one person from each service line within FA and a partner to lead us through the case study. This meant that we had a chance to network across the service lines and meet some really nice people!
During the two day event we were involved in several sessions covering how we react to social situations, how body language can affect our feelings in these situations and how to work with colleagues with different personality traits.
After the first day of the event we had a fun-filled evening ahead with dinner and games including Foosball, Dance mats, Black Jack, Scalextrics and a Ping Pong table. There was also a movie playing with unlimited popcorn! We had the evening to relax and have some (competitive) fun with our colleagues!
Throughout the event our teams met up several times for an hour or so to work together on the case study. The case study resulted in a 5 minute pitch to several of the partners within FA in which we had to showcase everything we had learnt during the event. I was part of our presenting team along with two others and we covered all of the services we could provide the client across FA.
The finale of the event included the top three teams as decided across all of the partners presenting their pitches to everyone at the event with the winning team receiving a prize of lots of coffee vouchers! I was really proud to see Mitesh, one of our FT team, in the final three and on the stage presenting to the panel of partners.
Overall it was a really enjoyable two days with lots of opportunities to meet colleagues across FA, learn how each of us work and how to work together and develop our pitching skills in a fun and friendly environment!
Zoyah Ahmed from Forensic Technology who attended Target Jobs IT’s Not Just For the Boys event shares her recollection of the event below.
“Last month I represented Deloitte’s Forensic Technology team at Target Jobs IT’s Not Just For the Boys Event. The purpose of this event was to give female undergraduate students the opportunity to find out more about careers available to them within the technology industry.
I took part in the ‘Insider Insights’ and ‘Networking’ sessions, in which I spoke to numerous students about my day to day role within Forensic Technology and also gave them some advice on what technology recruiters are looking for. I enjoyed these sessions as it wasn’t too long ago that I was in the same position myself, and I hope that my recent experiences and advice will help those who I spoke to.
I also had the opportunity to attend the ‘Panel Discussion’ session in which the students had the chance to ask senior female leaders within technology questions about their careers and how they achieved their success. The leaders also gave advice on how to be successful women in technology and reach leadership positions within this field.
I attended this event to give advice to young women on how to enter the technology sector but I also learnt a lot through this event. One of the key points I took away was that as women, we tend to keep quiet about our successes, but if we have done something which deserves recognition, we should show it off it. This means when it comes to promotions, our successes are already well-known.
The fact that I learnt so much shows the importance of attending these events: I found this event invaluable, and I am already a woman in technology. Had I attended something similar when I was a graduate it would have given me a much better understanding of the technology industry. This in turn would have helped me improve my graduate job applications. I would highly recommend all women interested in this sector to attend events like these because they give attendees a good opportunity to learn more about technology careers and how to succeed within them.
Register now for our Forensic Technology Insight Day on 22nd March. Further details can be found at: http://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/careers/articles/deloitte-insight-days.html"
Ross Flanigan, Director, tells us why he is a big advocate of our Cardiff Apprenticeship scheme.
Just a few months ago, after many more months of effort and planning and interviewing, I was so pleased to see the first group of ten Business Administration apprentices join our teams.
The timing was great because they joined our business just as our training partner ‘Cardiff and Vale College’ opened their new and amazing city centre campus. We were all finding our way with this first group. The idea of apprentices was new to us, the college was building credentials, and the apprentices, well, they just had the small matter of setting out on their careers to think about.
Would it work? We didn’t know!! But I’ve got to say, it has been an exceptional success so far, and that’s mainly down to the apprentices themselves. Yes our Firm, our managers and the mentors have really made an effort. Yes, the college has pulled out all the stops. But we have been really amazed by the attitude, ability and commitment of the apprentices who are working in five different parts of our business.
They have no preconceptions and no fear. They’ve shown that when (with just a little trepidation) we put them in for a free chat with our CEO along with the Wales First Minister and his entourage.
So they’ve picked up the work, they’re volunteering for more, they are looking for their next career step with us, they are passing the academic bits and they are even helping more recent recruits settle in. I think the term used is ‘exceeding expectations’.
As it’s all going so well, we had a chance to bring everyone in the programme together for a low-key celebration just recently when apprentices, managers, mentors and our friends from the college had dinner together at the incredible rooftop restaurant ‘The Classroom’ in the new college campus. That restaurant is a candidate for best in the city if you ask me. But why ask me? A little apprentice-type blogging will probably say much more.
Brandon Edwards, KYC Analyst in Forensic, Financial Advisory, went along to the dinner. Check out his account of the evening here:
“The food was exquisite, staff delivered a first class service and the atmosphere was very relaxed. Thanks to this event, I was able to network with people that I had never met before as well as build up stronger relationships with people that I vaguely knew.
Every person that I met, no matter how high up in the company, was very welcoming, forthcoming and available for me to talk to if I had questions to ask on any topic at all. I made great personal connections with many different people who I’m pleased to say have now become friends.
I am very grateful to be involved in this event and hope that there are more events to come which will enable me to get more involved and meet more great people.”
For those of you who don’t know the meaning of the finger point, it means that Deloitte are number one!
The Forensic Technology practice has grown dramatically over the last 10 years and today is a team of 84 professionals. We are embarking on a new and exciting expansion by opening an office in St Albans and we are looking for ambitious and driven individuals to help grow the team to 50 in this location. We have invested in a spacious state of the art laboratory for analysing and processing data. From a work perspective there will be no distinction between the office in London with a variety of opportunities within the UK and abroad.
The picture below is from our office window and shows just how close the train station is. There is also free parking on site so several of our London based team members are considering swapping their rail season ticket for a set of car keys!
Callum from the Deloitte St Albans office describes what it was like working outside of the City.
“There is a more relaxed, friendly and personal working environment. The St Albans social committee plan all sorts of fun events, the Summer and Christmas Balls are the main ones. Then there’s the new joiner social event in the local pubs and there is an end of busy season social at the end of February which is usually a bar night in London, curry night, karaoke. Then they always try and switch things up last year they did cheese and wine night and a trip to London Zoo, this year there is talks of arranging everyone to go to a football match.”
Find more information about who we are, what we do and our Graduate Recruitment opportunities on the Forensic Technology website.
We’re delighted to announce that our “Spring into Deloitte” Scheme won the award for Best Short-term Insight Scheme at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards!
Here is an excerpt from an article RMP Enterprise wrote about the ceremony and our win:
Deloitte take home the Award for Best Short-term Insight Scheme at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards
Deloitte have been recognised for providing an exceptional insight scheme for students at this year’s National Undergraduate Employability Awards. ‘Spring into Deloitte,’ a two day residential course, is designed to educate students in the world of professional services, in particular what it is like to work at Deloitte, and to deliver employability skills that students may want to use in the selection process for Deloitte, or any other career they choose to pursue.
The scheme has proved incredibly valuable in strengthening Deloitte’s recruitment pipeline: 45% of insight scheme attendees are successful in securing a summer internship the following year. Of those that take part in the Summer Vacation Scheme run by Deloitte, 75% then go on to secure a graduate job with the company, demonstrating the value undergraduate schemes can have on attracting and retaining young talent.
Deloitte fought off stiff competition from employers from a range of industries to take home the Award for the Best Short-term Insight Scheme. The other finalists in this category, which was sponsored by LinkedIn were EY, Schlumburger and Nabarro.
The Awards saw over 400 nominations from employers, universities and students across 17 different Award categories. Winners of each Award were selected by an independent judging panel, made up of key thought leaders in the industry.
Gareth Cadwallader, Governor of University of West London, and head of the Judging Panel, said of this year’s nominations, “The standard of nominations was once again outstanding across the sector. The commitment of some of the world's highest profile employers to engage with undergraduates, as well as the dedication from universities and students to the employability agenda, is extremely impressive.
“In the student categories, there are some fantastic role models for young people looking to take their first steps on the career ladder. It is a truly inspiring event!”
The Awards ceremony welcomed thought-provoking guest speakers from the industry including Aimee Bateman from CareerCake.com, Sarah Flynn, Chair of ASET and Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of AGR to share their insights.
The most recent High Fliers report showed that over four-fifths of the leading graduate employers in the UK are now offering paid work experience schemes for students and recent graduates. These schemes are making students more employable than ever, and Stephen suggested we are returning to a “seller’s market” whereby employers are increasingly having to compete to recruit the most employable students. “
Our own Nehal, from Forensic Technology blogs her experiences so far at Deloitte.
“I am currently a part of the Forensic Technology graduate training scheme, which I started in 2014, after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at Imperial College London.”
“The scheme comprises of one year in Forensic Analytics and one year in Electronic Discovery, which I am under taking at present. I am going to focus on one part of the E-discovery discipline: data collection. Last month I travelled to Copenhagen with the team below to participate in my first ever data collection. I learned how to dismantle laptops to remove the hard drives and set up the equipment needed in order to image them.”
Even though this picture looks a little intimidating, the process is quite simple once you understand the purpose of each component.
As this was my first ever onsite data collection I was a bit nervous but the rest of the team were very supportive. They helped me develop the skills needed so that, by the end of the day, I was able to proceed with little help. It was fantastic that I was given the opportunity to go to Copenhagen and I find that even though I had completed training in this area, you often learn more on the job.
We are also lucky in that a lot of our projects in Forensics are based abroad, which means we are provided with ample opportunity to meet and work with our colleagues from the Deloitte offices in other countries and explore new and exciting places. (Check out Copenhagen below).
So, if you feel like learning more about this electrifying line of work, then please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and leave a comment below. I will be only too happy to help!
You may have noticed that non-graduate entry opportunities is a big priority for us. Talent is at the heart of our core values, no matter where it comes from or what shape it takes.
This is why we decided to celebrate our existing BrightStart apprentices in an evening hosted by David Sproul our CEO and Emma Codd our managing partner for Talent.
We kicked things off with David Sproul welcoming us all and giving a brief overview of the strategy and the doors it can open for our people: Deloitte as the place were our apprentices can push the boundaries of discovery and exploration and where unsolvable problems are solved for the wellbeing of clients, people and society.
That is when the stars of the show took the stage! Tom Elsey and Angharad Old, two BrightStarts, shared their journey so far and proudest moments.
Emma Codd then spoke about the future of the programme and the plan to double the number of apprentices in the firm by September 2016.
Our Head of Professional Education & Apprenticeships, Honey Clarke, also spoke about all the people in the firm that want to support apprentices, get involved and become a BrightStart Ambassador.
We rounded the evening off with Honey being joined by Emma, Gordon McFarland and Alex Sinclair for a panel session in which they took questions from the audience, before celebrations continued over drinks.
The BrightStart scheme is the firm’s non graduate entry route into most of our professions, from audit to consultancy; a route that started in 2011 with a small number of school leavers joining Audit and Tax in London and the regions. Numbers have slowly grown to include all our career paths and, in September 2015, we saw 115 BrightStarts join Deloitte, including the delivery centre in Belfast, taking us to a total of 300.
If you or someone you know might be interested in becoming a BrightStart and gaining up to a degree-equivalent professional qualification, the application for the 2016 intake is now open.
Visit or send them to our webpage to learn more.
Victoria Pearce, Director at Deloitte in the Forensic Technology team shares her experience on returning to work with Deloitte.
Victoria said "I joined Deloitte Forensic in 2000 and in 2011 I started my maternity leave and subsequently took a 3 year career break following the birth of my daughter."
"Earlier this year I was contacted by Deloitte via the Women in Leadership initiative and asked if I was interested in returning to work at Deloitte. Following a number of discussions and interviews it became apparent the opportunity was too good to miss. Deloitte have implemented an agile working policy which enabled me to return to Deloitte Forensic Technology as a part time worker in their growing St Albans team. Flexible working allows me to work remotely to ease child care issues and to spend quality time with my daughter, here we are standing in muddy puddles – just before jumping!"
To celebrate some of the UK’s top businesses employing thousands of apprentices across the country, and the launch of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board, the Prime Minster David Cameron hosted a reception at 10 Downing Street on Monday 18 January.
In attendance from our firm were Honey Clarke, Head of Professional Education and Apprenticeships, along with HR Director Caroline Hunt and two BrightStart Apprentices: Lauren Mays who joined Financial Advisory in September 2014 and Alex Sinclair who works in Technology Consulting, having joined Deloitte in 2012. Both sit on the BrightStart Committee and were involved in organising the recent BrightStart celebration event hosted by David Sproul and Emma Codd.
David Sproul said, “Improving social mobility is one of the UK’s biggest challenges. One of the ways in which we are seeking to address this is by doubling the number of positions available through our BrightStart Business Higher Apprenticeship Scheme.” For us, there is a clear business imperative to get this right. In order to provide the best possible service and make an impact with our clients, we need to hire people who think and innovate differently, come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a range of perspectives and experience into the firm”.
During the evening, the Deloitte group met with David Cameron and David Meller and Nadhim Zahawi, co-chairs of the new Apprenticeship Delivery Board and were able to tell them about the opportunities that come from joining the firm through the non-graduate entry route.
Lauren and Alex gave a brief account of their experience at the event:
On Monday 18 January we had the honour of attending an apprenticeship celebration reception at 10 Downing Street. After arriving and nearly bumping head first into George Osborne, we were ushered upstairs past the portraits of all the former Prime Ministers, to meet our fellow apprentices and their firms’ apprenticeships Champions.
Thanks to Deloitte being a market leader in apprenticeships, we were also invited in to the White Room for a private meeting with the Prime Minister and David Meller and Nadhim Zahawi, co-chairs of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board. The Prime Minister was interested to hear about our motivations for choosing an apprenticeship and our career progression so far. He was even so bold as to enquire what our salary progression looked like in comparison to our graduate colleagues!
After keynote speeches from Nadhim Zahawi and David Cameron, there was just enough time for the obligatory picture in front of the door to Number 10 before heading home to give a full account to our expectant parents.
Read what Number 10 has to say about the event
Find out more about the BrightStart apprenticeship scheme.