Much has been achieved in the two years since Deloitte launched
the Belfast Delivery Centre growth programme. With ambitious growth
targets and a highly competitive local market, Deloitte in Belfast
needed an innovative way to attract the best talent - leading to
the development of the Deloitte Academies and a BrightStart degree
programme. Both were created with social mobility and diversity at
their core, and have allowed us to recruit from a new and wider
pool of talent.
We developed strategic partnerships with local education
providers to support both programmes. BrightStart - developed in
partnership with Ulster University - offers school leavers
full-time employment together with a fully funded BSc in Business
Technology. The scheme has given students an excellent alternative
to the standard university model and provides opportunity to those
students who may not have been able to afford a university
education. The Academy programme was developed in partnership with
Belfast Metropolitan College and allows graduates to re-train in a
range of skills, giving them new opportunities regardless of their
Not only do our programmes allow us to tap into a much wider
talent pool, creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace, they
are also giving students the chance of a high-quality education and
employment, regardless of their background. The programmes are
renowned across industry and government in Northern Ireland as the
market leader. BrightStart has been recognised by the Department of
Employment and Learning (DEL) as the first Level 6 Apprenticeship
in Northern Ireland and has won DEL's Apprentice of the Year
Award for innovative partnerships. With a target of more than 1,000
employees by 2020, over one-third of our staff will be recruited
through these programmes, demonstrating both their importance to
our firm and our commitment to improving social mobility throughout
the country. A lot has been achieved in two years!
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