Sixth Form Work Experience – PWC


“PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is one of the largest recruiters of graduates globally, of which 300 are employed annually in our Middle East offices.

As a firm, we are committed to developing business leaders of tomorrow.  PwC’s Academy, the learning and education business of PwC, is uniquely positioned to offer employment and learning opportunities to young professionals. We facilitate the growth of young students through a mix of classroom training, practical mentorship and internship opportunities. It is our pleasure to work with Cranleigh Abu Dhabi and offer their students work placement experience and soft skills training to improve their employability quotient and positively impact their career choices.”

Amanda Abraham, Employability Training Manager, PwC’s Academy Middle East

“Our partnership with PwC this year saw a group of Year 12s take part in a training series through the firm’s prestigious PwC Academy, a programme that seeks to identify, inform and nurture talent. Academy sessions were designed to build overall business awareness, providing valuable insights into what a career in today’s competitive commercial world might be like. In addition, the Academy used lessons as well as practical workshops to improve students’ interpersonal skills and competencies, focusing on problem solving, collaboration, communication and self-confidence.”

Elizabeth Kelleher, Head of Business, Economics and Careers, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

Year 12 Interns say:

On day one, following an introduction to the course, we were placed in small groups for three different team building activities. This was a great opportunity for us to work alongside people we had never met before and truly enhance our collaboration and communication skills. Our first task was to create a team logo out of different materials such as coloured paper, elastic bands, balloons and even coins collected from various countries. We had two minutes planning and creative time at the end of which the team leader had to present the logo, explaining what it said about the team. Activity two for the day was a classification game where again in our groups, we had to introduce ourselves and quickly discuss our likes and dislikes so that we could later discover how to classify ourselves as a team. Activity three was a picture pieces challenge. In our groups again we were given a small puzzle and instructed to create an exact copy of each piece of the puzzle – but five times bigger than its original size.

Day two focused on emotional intelligence which is one of the most important workplace skills – and one that many young workers lack. To help reinforce our learning, we had a paired activity where one person was given a sheet of paper containing various shapes and lines that they had to describe to their partner while they were facing the opposite direction. The second person was given a blank piece of paper on which they had to draw the shapes to the best of their ability with only the description that their partner was giving them as guidance. Those with the best listening and communication abilities produced the best results.

On day three, we played the Employability game, which used a life size Monopoly-style board on which each space was a different task each group had to complete. The tasks required problem solving, communication skills and presentation skills. Each task was timed to add deadline pressure. Our final session was a speed networking event where we had the opportunity to ask two senior partners from the firm any questions we had concerning the workplace and the skills needed, as well as advice on what career path to follow.

It was a fast-paced, interactive and dynamic experience and thoroughly worthwhile. We all gained significant insights into working life in the high-speed world of business, and feel much better equipped as a result. Highly recommended.