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The Young MCA

Lorraine Nicolson

Senior Events and Communications Manager, Head of the Young MCA

+44 (0) 20 7645 7961

lorraine.nicolson@mca.org.uk

The Young MCA is a professional network for those starting a career in management consultancy. Throughout the year the group hosts events and networking and development sessions for consultants with 0-5 years of consulting experience from MCA member firms. The Young MCA as a group aims to engage and develop the young consultant community, whilst shaping the future of the industry. To keep up to date with all Young MCA activities, you can sign up for the newsletter below.

Young MCA Events

You can find more information about all the Young MCA events which are open for registration here. We provide a variety of event formats to ensure we cover key issues within the industry, as well as core consulting skill workshops with expert speakers. Last year, consultants had the opportunity to attend workshops on networking, presentation skills, negotiation, sales, and resiliency in leadership, along with panel discussions on artificial intelligence and mental health awareness. Lorraine Nicolson from the MCA team helps manage the Young MCA communications and event activities and you can contact Lorraine here.

MCA Sustainability Workshop | Business Travel

Sustainable business travel has risen up the agenda for both firms and clients especially since COVID-19. In this online workshop we will be sharing best practice on green business travel policies throughout the sector, providing an opportunity for firms who may not have policies already in place to learn and understand more. Joining us will […]

Young MCA Online Workshop | Effective Time Management

Join the Young MCA for an online workshop focusing on effective time management. Guest Speaker Charles Newhouse, Consulting Director at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence will deliver advice and strategies to manage your diary and daily workload. Why time management is so important with conflicting priorities and demands on time. How to use email as a […]

Young MCA ChMC Insight | Leadership at all Stages

Join the Young MCA for an online workshop discuss the importance of building and developing leadership skills at every stage of your career.  Joining us will be a panel of senior leaders, middle managers and young consultants to share their experiences and advice on how to build and use your leadership skills in your role […]

OUR KEY GOALS

  • Be the voice of young consultants in the consulting industry
  • Enhance the development of young consultants through innovative and engaging events
  • Provide key networking opportunities across the UK
  • Increase awareness of the consultancy profession to school leavers and undergraduates
  • Leverage our time, skills, and experience to help others and be socially responsible

 

YOUNG MCA COMMITTEE STRUCTURE

The Young MCA is led by the Young MCA Executive Committee and the Young MCA Council. The Council is made up of representatives from MCA member firms and meets 5 times a year. The Council provides feedback on industry initiatives to ensure that young consultants are represented at an industry wide level.

The Executive Committee is led by their Chair and consists of volunteer Vice-Chairs who lead their individual workstreams:

  • Events (panel discussions, skill workshops, networking, etc.)
  • Networks & Universities
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Regions (activity outside of London)
  • School Leavers (representing consultants who entered the industry via alternative routes)

PROMOTING CONSULTING AS A CAREER TO YOUNG PEOPLE

Members of the Young MCA also get involved with numerous University engagements across the UK promoting consulting as a profession. The Young MCA appears regularly on panels, discussing the life of a consultant in front of students interested in future career opportunities in the industry. We have strong relationships with several London based business schools and universities, but also attend events in Manchester and Birmingham.

The Young MCA and Apprentices

 

An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences.  Many MCA members offer apprenticeships that include on-the-job training as well as at least 20% of the working hours completed through classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships in the consulting sector are also expected to increase by 25%, in record numbers from 2021 to 2022 as the consulting sector continues to be more accessible to talent from a varied mix of backgrounds. Apprenticeships have also been surveyed in the MCA Annual Industry Report 2021 and over 1,200 trainees, apprentices or school leavers joined the sector, despite the pandemic. This is mainly driven by large firms who have on average 186 apprentices on programme at any given time.

Hear from consulting apprentices and read about a day in their working life is like:

YOUNG MCA IN THE REGIONS

MCA members have offices and consultants based across the country and the Young MCA has now established regional networks in the UK. So far we have hosted events and university sessions in Bristol, Manchester, and Birmingham, with the aim of ensuring our young consultants have access to the Young MCA network wherever they’re based. If you frequently work outside of London and would like to keep tabs on events in your area, please get in touch with lorraine.nicolson@mca.org.uk.

The network also provides opportunities for consultants to get involved with corporate social responsibility work with teams built across our member firms. With over 150 hours of volunteered time on projects in 2018 our young consultants provide valuable improvements and advice to non-profits all whilst developing their own skills and networking with peers.

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