• Ten graduates taken on in the Newcastle office
  • Three school-leavers recruited as part of the BrightStart scheme

Deloitte has significantly invested in its regional talent development, recruiting 13 graduates and school-leavers at its Newcastle office.

The new recruits include three school-leavers, who have joined Deloitte as part of the firm’s award-winning BrightStart, an apprenticeship programme aimed at supporting students to gain professional qualifications alongside on-the-job training, all while kick-starting their careers and earning a good salary.

Along with the ten graduates who have secured places at the firm, they will be based across a number of Newcastle-based teams, including tax, audit and risk advisory.

Deloitte’s student recruitment process includes blind recruitment and academic contextualisation, which ensure that all applicants are assessed equally, regardless of their background.

Among the new BrightStart intake is Rakib Islam, from Darlington, who achieved A-levels in sports science, ICT and maths at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College. He has secured a role within the corporate audit team.

“I was attracted to Deloitte because of the range of development opportunities available, the rewarding nature of the role and how the BrightStart programme will help me succeed in the long term,” he said.

The recruits also include Jarrow dance teacher Bethany Gibson, who qualified from Newcastle University with a mathematics degree and will now be part of Deloitte’s tax team in the North East.

Bethany, who has danced competitively for the past 11 years, said: “It is really exciting to be part of one of the world’s leading professional services firms, with initiatives such as Women in Leadership that are designed to help women progress in their careers.”

Deloitte is one of the UK’s largest recruiters and continues to work hard to ensure the firm’s talent pool is diverse and reflects the make-up of today’s society. In the last financial year 5,000 people joined Deloitte, with more than a third being graduates and school-leavers, including 270 on the BrightStart scheme.

Stephen Hall, office senior partner for Deloitte in Newcastle, said: “The recruitment of these young people underlines our commitment to developing the next generation of outstanding business talent from all walks of life.

“The investment is also testament to our growth plans for the region, and we will continue to invest significantly in our people to deepen and broaden our capabilities, to serve our clients and make a positive impact on their businesses.”