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 7000 graduates have joined the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP) in schools across England and Wales and helped change the lives of thousands of young people in low-income communities. The LDP is a personalised programme encompassing high-quality training, supportive coaching, work experience and a PGCE qualification.
Our business is all about transformation. Which is why Teach First is so important to us. Around 75 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 have the opportunity to get some 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 four Graduate Programmes - Strategy, Consulting, Client Delivery or Software Engineering - and then defer your start date for two years until you complete the LDP.
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), gained 300 UCAS points and be on course for a 2:1 degree or above.
For our part, you’ll need to have applied to Teach First already and been accepted onto the Leadership Development Programme. To join the Strategy or Consulting Programme, you'll also need 340 UCAS points from your top three A-Levels (that's AAB, not including General Studies) and in first time passes, an achieved or predicted 2:1 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 degree and an interest in technology and its application to business then you should consider joining our Client Delivery Graduate Programme where you’ll be designing, building and supporting technical solutions for our clients.
If you have a degree, passion for technology & some knowledge of programming languages, you should consider joining our Software Engineering Graduate programme, where you will design, develop and implement innovative solutions for our clients.
Already Completed Teach First LDP?
If you have already completed the two years’ Leadership Development Programme (or are currently taking part), you will be fast-tracked through our application process. You’ll need to fill out the application form and then, if you’re successful, can move straight to the assessment centre. We’ll also provide additional coaching and contact from the Accenture team throughout the recruitment process.
If you're through to our second round interview stage, you will be able to specify your preference to join Teach First before you start Accenture.
Applications for our Teach First Programmes are now closed.
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.
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
Interest-free season ticket loan
Generous pension scheme
Employee share purchase plan
Three days’ paid charity leave
Subsidised gym membership
Critical illness cover
Hotel and travel discounts
Generous shared parental leave
Generous car cash allowance (manager level and above)
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Joining Teach First was more of an emotive decision. Growing up I did not have that much support with my education and worked hard to grab all the opportunities that came my way. So, on leaving university I wanted to help kids who also may not have opportunities knocking at their door. I loved the concept of Teach First and its mission, it really played by my strengths of being a people person and a collaborator and also bought the soft skills I’d developed at university to play.
After a couple of years on the Teach First programme I felt I had really achieved some great outcomes but thought it was time to get out of my comfort zone and apply my skillset elsewhere. I was attracted to Accenture because I knew I’d be surrounded by driven, focused people and I was keen on the excellent training and networking opportunities that were on offer.
When I started at Accenture as an Analyst, I really didn’t know what area I wanted to work in so found the variety of projects a great way to experience the different routes possible. I love client facing work and this is where my strengths seemed to lay – building good relationships with them. For that I thank Teach First, where you learn to engage with people and get the best out of them. The Teach First programme certainly helps you grow in confidence and in teaching we often say, ‘if you can’t do something it means you can’t do it at the moment, but you will be able to’. I’ve carried this ethos into my role at Accenture, as it’s what consultancy is all about – taking on a challenge, mastering it and then doing it again.
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