PwC and NUI Galway join forces to develop talent for business

04 November, 2019

PwC Ireland and NUI Galway have joined forces on a significant new strategic partnership to support and promote talent for business. PwC and the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway will collaborate on the University's Bachelor of Commerce Skills Pathway focusing on developing students' innovation and entrepreneurial talent. The programme will comprise three modules: skills for success; skills for business and innovation, creativity and enterprise.

NUI Galway students holding two umbrellas pictured with PwC partners against a PwC-branded backdrop.

Pictured launching PwC's new strategic partnership with NUI Galway to develop Skills for Success are (left to right): NUI Galway student Tendai Muzunze; NUI Galway Bursar Sharon Bailey; Emma Scott, PwC Ireland People Partner, NUI Galway student Aine McKenna; Gillian Lowth, Partner, PwC Galway; Dr Tom Acton, Head of School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway; NUI Galway students Nancy Kesarwani and Patrick Munnelly; and John Daly, PwC Galway.

Emma Scott, People Partner, PwC Ireland said, "Our research indicates that one of the greatest challenges for business is the lack of key skills. As one of Ireland's largest graduate recruiters, we recognise the importance of developing talent, having the digital skills for the new world of business. This talent development allows students to think beyond the classroom, with the communication, teamwork and emotional skills needed for a fast moving tech enabled environment. We are delighted to partner with the NUI Galway to help prepare students for the Irish and international workplace equipping them with the relevant skills to become world-class business advisors."

Dr Tom Acton, Head of School, J.E Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway said, "We are delighted to announce this exciting partnership with one of our top employers, PwC. We are very proud of our unique Bachelor of Commerce Skills programme, which was initiated by former Aer Arann entrepreneur, Pádraig Ó Céidigh and involves a Dragon's Den-type module where students engage in innovative group-based entrepreneurial projects supported by industry mentors. This support from PwC will enable students to be creative and innovative in their future business careers, and we welcome this opportunity to build on our excellent relationship with PwC, a relationship that extends over many decades."

In addition to focusing on skill and competency development, the new programme will also involve peer-assisted learning, resilience training to cope with the challenges of early university life, employability skills and mentoring.

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