Deloitte in bid for scholars

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The firm will be offering a £1,500 travel voucher, so that even aspiring backpackers will be attracted to the firm. Offering 30 places a year, its Scholars scheme will take applications from students currently beginning their final year of A-levels.

The lucky few will join the firm from November 2004 for a seven-month work placement. At the end of the work period, on top of their salary for the term, students will receive a £1,500 travel voucher to go backpacking for the rest of their gap year.

Sarah Shillingford, graduate recruitment partner at Deloitte, said: ‘It’s a way of attracting very talented people into our business, who will be the crŠme de la crŠme and stand to get early fast-track promotion. Travel is what a lot of students want to do. They get wider experience and learn to stand on their own two feet.’

Once the 30 students begin their university course, they will receive a £1,000 bursary with a four-week work placement each year. The contract is reviewed every year and students have no obligation to join the firm at the end of their degree.

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