What is the National Schools Employability Challenge?

Brought to you by RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk, in collaboration with PwC, the National Schools Employability Challenge gives young people across the UK the chance to showcase their employability skills.

If you’re a student looking to take on the challenge, scroll down to find out more about each stage of the competition, as well as how you could be the winner of paid work experience with PwC and a shiny new iPad.

Good luck!

Enter The Challenge

Stage 1

Stage 1

The first stage is a simple quiz. It takes around five minutes and consists of eight multiple choice questions, which reveals your current employability level on a percentage scale. These questions measure certain attributes of your personality that are relevant to being employed such as:

  • Attitude
  • Initiative
  • Ambition and motivation
  • Leadership skills
  • Team work ability

  • To pass this stage you need to score over 70%, however you can take the test as many times as you want so don’t be put off!

    Stage 2

    Stage 2

    Once you’ve passed Stage 1 you will be automatically invited to Stage 2, which is a second quiz. You'll follow the journey of an individual entering the application process - from research to application, interview to assessment centre. Drawing from sources supplied to you, you will answer eight multiple choice questions. You'll need to achieve 75% in this exercise on your first attempt to proceed to Stage 3, which is the comprehension stage and the final consideration step for entry to the Final.

    Stage 3

    Stage 3

    If you do score top marks in Stage 2, you’ll be sent an email with a link to Stage 3. Do your research, think it through, submit your answers to those three questions and you might be one of our amazing Champions, invited to the National Schools Employability Challenge Final…

    The Final

    The top 10 entries from September, October, November, December, January and February will become our Monthly Champions and will be invited to the National Final at PwC’s offices in More London, London Bridge.

    About the day...

    This will be an opportunity to understand the inner workings of one of the world’s largest organisations. You will hone your skills, learn from the masters and test your abilities. The Final will include individual and group tasks to develop and improve your employability skills, as well as a session with PwC on the opportunities open to you once you finish school or college. If you’re chosen as a Champion, you’ll benefit from feedback, workshops and advice that will improve any job applications you will make in the future. The winner of The Final will receive sought after paid work experience with PwC, as well as a brand new iPad Mini. Two lucky runners up will also win paid work experience with PwC, with further employability sessions on offer to other lucky winners.

    This final event will be held on Monday 26th March 2018 at PwC’s offices in More London near London Bridge.

    Enter The Challenge