The firm is offering 60 apprenticeships in its tax practice, with new recruits expected to take up places in July. The firm is also looking at taking on apprentices inits advisory and assurance practices.
Gaenor Bagley, PwC partner and head of people, said the scheme was, "a real alternative for talented students who want to get into business straight from school or college, but without compromising on high quality training and development."
Trainees on the scheme will combine on-the-job experience with classroom-based learning, and will achieve a professional services business qualification with the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT).
Higher apprenticeships were introduced by the government in the engineering and IT sectors in 2009 in response to demands from employers for higher level skills. The scheme was expanded in 2010 to include areas including accounting, business and administration and the provision of financial advice.
PwC's Bagley said, "We believe the Higher Apprenticeship will help a wider group of potential recruits gain access to professional services. The programme reflects our commitment to widening access to the profession, encouraging social mobility and offering top quality school leaver career opportunities.
"Last year we signed up to the government’s Business Compact on Social Mobility because we think it is vital to encourage diversity, to reflect the communities we work in and the clients we have."
PwC's own website features a discussion on the benefits of new career pathways such as Higher Apprenticeships between partner Sara Caplan, director Nick Jones and senior consultant Matt Hamnett.