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Accenture: Apprenticeship Open Evening

Accenture is a multinational digital company who support businesses to develop their: Strategy, Digital, Operations, Technology and Industry. They have a range of opportunities from apprenticeships through to graduate programs, intern opportunities and summer vacation schemes.  Accenture looks after a number of projects for clients including the NHS, aerospace and finance sectors, and have even been involved with Google Glass and Universal Music!

They have a large base in Newcastle and are currently recruiting apprentices.

Find out more: 

On Wednesday 6th May (16:30 – 18:30) Accenture will be hosting an open evening for students, parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisers to find out more about their apprenticeship scheme.

What does the evening involve?

  • Meet current apprentices and find out their thoughts about the scheme
  • Speak with apprenticeship leads regarding opportunities at Accenture and the types of projects you could be working on
  • Receive great advice from the recruitment team on CV writing, interview techniques and the recruitment process (remember to bring your CV)!
  • Pizza!

The evening is aimed at school leavers or for young people who are perhaps interested in exploring further opportunities.

Location: Accenture, Cobalt Business Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne,  Tyne and Wear NE27 0QQ

For more information click: Newcastle Apprenticeships  or contact Stella Gauld by emailing on: stella.gauld@accenture.com

Featured Video: Ellie Gangel is currently on the apprenticeship scheme at Accenture and is really enjoying her time with the company. Think Physics had the opportunity to film her at Accenture. We were very impressed by Ellie’s enthusiasm towards her role, as well as the apprenticeship scheme on offer.  Ellie has some great advice for anyone considering this post-16 opportunity. Find out more by watching Ellie.


Your Future with Physics

The Institute of Physics (IOP) have have recently added some great new videos to their website.  They showcase how physics graduates use and apply the skills gained whilst studying physics to their work.

The skills acquired from studying physics are transferable and highly valued by employers.  According to the IOP studying physics helps you to develop:

  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Numerical skills
  • Ability to think objectively
  • Investigative skills
  • Communication skills

… as well as many more.

For example, in the video at the start of this post, Vinnie Kalcut, who is a senior finance analyst at record company BMG Chrysalis, discusses how she uses her physics skills as part of a company unearthing musical talent!

To find out more about Vinnie, and other physicists putting their skills to use across a variety of sectors visit the IOP website – Your Future with Physics  

Teachers: The videos are great to use as session starters in classes to promote future career possibilities, and the transferable skills students gain by studying physics!



Future Opportunities: Atom Bank creating new jobs

Atom Bank is a new company which hopes to open as a bank in October 2015, and aims to employ 450 employees over the next five years. Located in Durham, Atom Bank describes itself as “designed for digital” and wants to offer the customer a new, innovative experience in banking, for those who engage with new ideas and new technologies.

Teachers: this is a great example to share with pupils to highlight career possibilities within the financial sector, which combine banking with digital and business roles.  In Atom bank, and companies like it, there will be careers in:

  • People and customer experience
  • Technology
  • Marketing and propositions
  • Finance and risk
  • Operations
  • Business

Job titles include: marketing, business analysts, solutions architects, technical architects, credit risk manager and financial crime (though we think that means preventing crime, not carrying it out).

Post 16 subject choices: Combinations of Maths, Computer Science,  Physics, Further Maths, Business Studies, and ICT will be useful for students aiming for careers in this sector.

Website: www.atombank.co.uk

Twitter: @atom_bank

Filming: Metalwork

Ann Cairns, President of International Markets, Mastercard

Ann Cairns, President of International Markets, Mastercard

We’re collaborating with the North-East Chamber of Commerce to produce a series of careers case-study films. I’ll avoid saying too much about it (is it hush-hush? I’m not sure…), but to the left is our first interviewee and below right, our second.

Jacqui Miller of Miller Engineering, Cramlington.

Jacqui Miller of Miller Engineering, Cramlington

Yes, it’s all a little high-powered.

Filming Jacqui involved a trip up to her company’s factory in Cramlington, which was fantastic. Modern engineering only very rarely involves molten metal, which speaking as a photographer is rather disappointing. Welding and sparks and smoke and all the rest look amazing on camera, and it was a delight to get alarmingly close to a laser cutter whilst it was doing this:

laser cutting

So, coming soon: pretty pictures, illustrating insights from leading figures in STEM businesses, from and in the North-East.

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Ellie Gangel

Case Study: Ellie Gangel

Ellie did her GCSEs at Longbenton, and stayed on for A-levels in Maths, Business, IT and Psychology. At the time she didn’t have strong ideas about where she was headed, and for the most part pursued the subjects she’d done best in. She chose IT because it’s a broad skill, and she thought it’d be useful to have.

After Longbenton she moved to Newcastle College for a Level 3 Vocational qualification in Business, but after a year she heard about the apprenticeship programme offered by Accenture.

You never really think there are good apprenticeships out there, but we’re college-funded, university degree funded, we still get paid at the same time. It’s a really good company to work for.

At Accenture, she’s working on a project for HMRC. Her team gets a design sent to them, then they code a system which generates tax codes and national insurance systems. As an apprentice, she draws on support from her manager and her manager in turn, but also on a ‘buddy’ — a more experienced programmer who can help out as problems crop up day-to-day. It’s clearly a supportive environment.

It’s the problem solving which makes me enjoy working with the taxes.

After her apprenticeship, Ellie wants to stay with Accenture, progressing within the company. She’s particularly interested in their work with the UK healthcare sector.

Ann Cairns

Ann Cairns, President of International Markets, Mastercard

Case Study: Ann Cairns

Ann was born and raised in Ashington, Northumberland, and is now President of International Markets for the global financial services company MasterCard.

In our film, Ann recalls feeling inspired in 1969 when she looked up to the moon and tried to wrap her head around somebody standing on it. She went on to study Maths, Physics and Chemistry, and took degrees in maths and statistics at Sheffield and Newcastle Universities.

Staying in the North-East, she worked for Transco in Killingworth, and became the first woman to work offshore on the oil rigs.

Like many people, Ann switched paths, in her case moving from engineering and statistics into management and the finance industry. She’s now risen to the post of President of International Markets for MasterCard Worldwide, and is a regular presence on lists of the most powerful women in business (Forbes list; BBC list).

When Think Physics caught up with her on one of her regular visits back to the North-East, we expected a hard-nosed, hectic businessperson – but instead found Ann both approachable and entertaining. Chatting to us, she described how the skills she learned serving coffees at Newcastle Central Station in her teens are still useful to her today.

Her achievements are clearly the results of hard work and determination, but Ann also reckons business success stems from how you relate to and communicate with others; to resilience; and to having a great sense of humour. All qualities, she notes, for which people from the North-East are renowned.

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Employer: Accenture

Who Are They?

Accenture employs more than 300,000 people worldwide, including lots at their Newcastle Delivery Centre in North Tyneside.

They’re a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. They work  with government clients like the NHS, with the aerospace and finance sectors, and even with the music industry.

Nose around on their website, and you’ll find that Accenture describe their business under several categories:

  • Strategy — helping their clients with business insight and understanding how new technology will affect them.
  • Consulting — working with clients to plan and deliver big organisational changes.
  • Digital, Technology & Operations — Helping companies and governments apply digital technologies to automate processes, reveal patterns, and deliver services more effectively and efficiently.


People who work at Accenture need problem solving skills, and the ability to think analytically and creatively.

Accenture is such a large company that they employ people with a wide range of different qualifications and subject backgrounds.  Some of the jobs that people who work at Accenture are:

  • Recruitment analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Robotics Process Automation (RPA) Developer
  • Application Development Analyst
  • Innovation manager
  • Test (Quality Assurance) specialist
  • Scrum master
  • Human Resources specialist
  • Java developer

Science and Maths links

The skills that you develop in maths and science will be used if you work at Accenture.  These include being able to handle and analyse data, using statistics to explore patterns in data, communication skills to share complex ideas with others.

MasterCard International

Employer: MasterCard

Who Are They?

MasterCard is a worldwide financial services corporation with headquarters in the US and offices all across the world – including the UK. It’s easy to think of them as just a credit card company, but they’re also heavily involved in:

  • E-commerce – making money move faster and with ease across the world
  • Payment products – making it easier for shops and services to sell their products as well as for consumers to buy them
  • Business solutions – supporting companies across the world with their financial services
  • Security and Fraud – protecting customers and consumers from fraud and theft
  • Analysis and Insight – looking at trends to build up an overview of markets, economies and people

Moving money around the world used to mean ‘sticking a box of gold coins on a ship’; thankfully, we now have faster and more secure alternatives. Chip and PIN card machines swept across the world a few years ago, and now systems like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay look set to provide convenience and security.

Whenever you pay for something electronically, there’s a decent chance MasterCard is involved in processing the payment, or helped design the system you’re using.

Perfect For:

If you have an interest not just within finance, but business and how technology can shape our futures, MasterCard may offer a future career for you. There are opportunities around the world – so be prepared for relocating, perhaps internationally. Some examples of careers include:

  • Financial Accountant – support clients with the management of their accounts as well as monitor the markets
  • Sales and Relationships Management – looking after accounts with specific companies
  • Business Analyst – investigate markets, spending and patterns, and make recommendations to MasterCard and their clients
  • Application Support Engineer – supporting technology used by clients
  • Software Developer – supporting current software and developing new programs and software
  • Designer – graphics and visual design of products and campaigns

Helpful School Subject Choices:

  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Business Studies
  • Design & Technology
  • Computer Science
  • ICT
  • Economics