Sixth Form students to discover Leeds' Fintech opportunities with PwC

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Sixth form students from schools across Leeds are getting an introduction to the world of FinTech with the help of business volunteers at an interactive Industry Day at PwC’s city centre office.

PwC’s Industry Day hopes to raise aspirations and help A Level Computer Science, IT and Maths students aged 16 – 18 years explore careers in FinTech, an industry for which Leeds is already identified as a centre of excellence and a key growth sector to 2024.

60 students will take part in a series of interactive themed workshops in augmented reality, virtual reality and cybersecurity with PwC volunteers. The workshops are designed to show the students first-hand what a career in FinTech involves and how they can apply their skills from the classroom to future careers. Students will then be able to quiz PwC’s technology apprentices and graduate scheme participants about what it’s really like to work in the industry – gaining insight into different routes and pathways into FinTech careers.

The event is hosted by PwC with social enterprise and education engagement partner Ahead Partnership. The Industry Day is part of the Make the Grade programme which has supported over 150,000 young people to date with real-life, hands-on experiences designed by local employers, with a second Industry Day set to take place at PwC’s Birmingham offices later in October.

Stephanie Burras CBE, Ahead Partnership’s Chief Executive, said: “Leeds City Region has the largest concentration of STEM graduates in the UK and is home to the best financial services sector outside London, so opportunities for young people to build their careers in FinTech have never been greater. We’re delighted to be working with PwC on their Industry Days and wider schools engagement programme to help bring the world of FinTech to life for young people in Leeds and have worked closely with them to design a day that will have real impact for students that want to find out how the subjects they’re studying can lead to an exciting and fulfilling career with an employer like PwC.”

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