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Teach First Graduate Programme

Accenture is proud to be a Teach First partner. We recognise that graduates who can engage, stimulate and inspire in the classroom can handle pretty much any situation.


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Introduction

Teach First are a charity working to end educational inequality and who believe inspirational teaching and leadership is key to helping every child succeed, regardless of their background. Since 2002 over 15,000 graduates have joined the Teach First Training Programme in schools across England and Wales and helped change the lives of thousands of young people in low-income communities. The Teach First Training Programme is a personalised programme encompassing high-quality training, supportive coaching, work experience and a PGDE qualification.

Our business is all about transformation. Which is why Teach First is so important to us. Over 100 of our current workforce have spent two years transforming the lives of young people before embarking on their career at Accenture. The scheme gives them the opportunity to give something back as well as build the skills we value – such as leadership and the ability to handle a variety of challenging situations.

As a Teach First partner, we offer two unique routes into our business. On the three-week Summer Project, you can gain valuable industry experience and, if you impress us, you could be offered a place on our Strategy or Consulting Graduate Programme. Alternatively, you could apply to one of five Graduate Programmes - Strategy, Consulting, Client Delivery, Software Engineering or Innovation & Technology Engineering - and then defer your start date for two years until you complete the Teach First Training Programme.

The details

To qualify, you need to have successfully completed Teach First's recruitment process before applying to Accenture.

Teach First requirements
Teach First looks for proven leaders and strong communicators who have the resources, resilience and self-awareness to be at their best in challenging situations. To be eligible to apply you will need to have a degree or A-levels that satisfy their teaching subject requirements. You will also need to have achieved a grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE Maths and English (also Grade C in one science GCSE for primary eligibility) and be on course for a 2:1 bachelor’s degree or above.

Accenture requirements
For our part, you’ll need to have applied to Teach First already and been accepted onto the Training Programme. As an Analyst on the Teach First Strategy or Consulting Programmes, you'll also need an achieved or predicted 2:1 bachelor’s degree in your first undergraduate degree, or equivalent international undergraduate degree and a strong record of extra-curricular achievement. (We do look at every application and consider extenuating circumstances.)

If you have a bachelor’s degree and an interest in technology and its application to business then you should consider joining our Teach First Technology Delivery Programme - Client Delivery where as an Analyst, you’ll be designing, building and supporting technical solutions for our clients.

If you have a bachelor’s degree, passion for technology & some knowledge of programming languages, you should consider joining our Teach First Technology Delivery Programme - Software Engineering, where as an Associate you will design, develop and implement innovative solutions for our clients

If you have a bachelor’s degree, an understanding of base technology, know at least one programming language and have technical software development experience with at least one platform, you should consider joining our Teach First Innovation & Technology Engineering Programme, where as an Associate you will shape and direct the technical solutions and blueprints that solve our client’s biggest business challenges.

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You’ll need to be prepared to travel as client projects could take you anywhere in the country – or even the world – though you will be aligned to a base at one of our main office locations in either London or Newcastle.

Training & development

Making the best graduates even better is key to everything we do. Whichever programme you join, you’ll enjoy the perfect mix of intensive training and live project experience. It all starts with an award-winning induction, which will introduce you to how we work and your colleagues. After that, you’ll join a community of graduate peers and mentors, specific to your programme. They’ll help you integrate into the team and feel part of Accenture.

Rewards & benefits

We understand that what you earn and the benefits you receive have an enormous impact on your quality of life. Because we’re always competing to attract and retain the very best people, we continuously review our rewards strategy to make sure it’s the best it can be. It includes:

  • Competitive starting salary which varies from programme to programme
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Personal laptop
  • AMEX card
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Employee share purchase plan
  • Three days’ paid charity leave
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Private healthcare
  • Life assurance
  • Critical illness cover
  • Hotel and travel discounts
  • Generous shared parental leave
  • Generous car cash allowance (manager level and above)

Application process

The info you need to know about applying to an Accenture programme.

Online application

Applications for most programmes open in the autumn. To apply, you need to complete an online profile. You can only apply to one programme in any six month period but if you are unsuccessful you can apply to other roles.

Discovery portal

If you are suitable for the role, you’ll be invited to our Discovery Portal. This is an interactive experience and takes about an hour, but there’s no time limit. You’ll receive feedback within a few days.

Assessment centre

If you’re successful at the Discovery Portal stage, you’ll be invited to one of our assessment centres where you’ll take part in a variety of activities designed to help us find out what your strengths are.

Technical interviews

For some of our programmes, the final stage will be one or two technical interviews with managers from the specialist area you have applied to work in. We’ll give you lots of advice before your interviews.

Offer

Well done! If you’re successful in all the stages we’ll offer you a place on the programme and tell you your start date. If you don’t pass, we’ll give you the opportunity to get feedback.

Onboarding

Three months before your start date, we’ll ask you to provide evidence of your academic results and two references. We’ll then send you details of your training week where we’ll welcome you into Accenture!

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