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Deloitte to recruit students in their penultimate year at university for its seven-week paid work experience programme

Deloitte has begun recruiting around 150 undergraduates to take part in its Summer Vacation Scheme.

The Summer Vacation Scheme is a seven-week programme offering students in their penultimate year at university paid work experience in Deloitte’s audit, tax or consulting service lines.


The programme exposes participants to clients and client work, and encourages them to contribute solutions to everyday client problems. Training is an important part of the scheme to enable students to gain the most from their time on the programme.

The scheme has been an active programme at Deloitte for 10 years, providing high quality work experience to undergraduates. Unlike some work experience placements, the Summer Vacation Scheme is a paid work experience at a competitive rate, 85% of a typical Deloitte graduate salary.

Sarah Shillingford, graduate recruitment partner at Deloitte, said: "The scheme has been designed to help Deloitte secure top talent and it enables us to target these people at an earlier stage. This scheme is a great opportunity for students to learn valuable business skills in a corporate environment and earn some money to use in their final year at university.

"Intake numbers for the scheme have remained consistent throughout the economic downturn as we continue our investment in talent for the future. We will again take on around 150 students next year, for which we have now started recruiting."

Over the past four years, more than 80% of those that have taken part in the scheme have been offered graduate positions at the end of their placements.

Shillingford added: "Internships and placements are a must-have experience. The skills learned and experience gained carry real currency in the job market. Internships offer students a great opportunity to gain experience, a head start and make more informed career decisions. Internships and placements offer hands-on experience which is ideal for CVs. Employers want to see hands-on experience."