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A-Level students choose workplace training schemes over university

Applications to PwC’s A-Level entry scheme HEADstart, received over 800 applications this year for 60 vacancies, double that of 2008, and up 25% on last year.

James Chalmers, board partner, strategy and talent, PricewaterhouseCoopers, says: “We’ve no doubt that interest in schemes like ours is only going to grow over the next 12 months, following students’ recent experiences of budget cuts, rising debts and fewer places.

“A-Level entry training schemes are particularly well suited to those who have a clear career in mind when they leave school. By combining formal study with on the job experience and personal coaching, trainees put everything they learn in their studies straight into action. They are earning while studying towards a professional accounting or tax qualification, getting great work experience and a head start in their career.