A Coventry-born mathematics graduate is set to take up a place at Deloitte after being chosen as Birmingham’s latest Graduate Apprentice.
Emily Williams overcame a field of 70 to be chosen for the work programme which involves three 16-week placements with some of the city’s best-known professional services companies.
Ms Williams is the fourth Graduate Apprentice and the first woman to hold the position since it was launched by Birmingham Future in 2006. The programme itself is run by Future’s Talent Retention and Development Committee and is supported by Graduate Advantage. The previous Graduate Apprentices were Darvinder Kang, Jason Norris and Mayur Murali.
Ms Williams, who gained a first from Lancaster University, will start her placement at Deloitte in Brindleyplace before moving on to the HR department of Matthew Boulton and Sutton Coldfield colleges as they prepare to merge to form Birmingham Metropolitan College. She will complete her year with business consultants VC Consulting.
Having recently visited all three of the placement companies and enjoyed a tour of the city that will become her home for the next year, Ms Williams was excited at the prospect that lies ahead.
She said: “Very few of my university friends have managed to secure a graduate job so I am even more excited and pleased to be given this unique opportunity. Like so many other students, I was unsure of the exact direction I wanted to take after leaving university which is why the Graduate Apprentice programme is so appealing.
“I will now have the opportunity to experience three different working environments and with three very different projects to work on. I shall get to know how a major business operates at Deloitte, be involved with Matthew Boulton and Sutton Coldfield colleges at a highly important and significant time in their development and find out about life in an SME at VC Consulting. I know this will be a fantastic journey.”
Anthony McCourt, who chairs Birmingham Future’s Talent Retention and Development Committee as well as a being previous winner of Future’s Birmingham Young Professional of the Year, said: “Congratulations to Emily on becoming the latest Graduate Apprentice.
“The introduction of the Government’s new Graduate Internship Programme highlights the importance they are putting on work placements. The Graduate Apprentice, which has been acknowledged as an innovative scheme by leading politicians, goes one step further by offering three diverse placements which gives a far broader view of the opportunities that exist within professional services. This year’s applications were the strongest we have seen which reflects clearly that this opportunity both excites and stimulates graduates.
“During these challenging economic times, I am delighted we are able to continue to offer this unique programme, which is only possible due to the continuing support of our placement firms and Graduate Advantage.”