A new Young MCA video featuring young consultants sharing their experiences of what consulting offers as a career path has been launched. The video was launched to the industry at the recent l of the MCA Annual Industry Report event at Deloitte’s offices and, the video includes young consultants talking about how to make a real impact as well as the diversity of the consulting sector and the experience of apprentices. 

A range of representatives from MCA member firms are included from EY, Deloitte, Sopra Steria, Arcadis, KPMG, Moorhouse, IBM Consulting, PwC and Atkins showcasing the wide range of firms offering opportunities for graduate, apprentices and school leavers and the types of consulting, younger consultants can be involved in.   

The video comes as the MCA revealed growth of 23% for the sector in 2022 with 13% growth expected in 2023. This demand from clients has understandably led to a requirement for more staff across firms of all sizes. MCA member firms hired 2,809 graduates and 795 trainees, school-leavers and apprentices in 2022, a 35% and 11% increase respectively from 2021.The opening up of the talent pool is positive news and coincides with more experienced professionals also joining the consulting sector after careers in the private sector.  

Overall, there has been a 16% increase in headcount with medium sized firms in particular hiring more employees from across the UK. One in three (35%) of consultancy jobs were created outside London, with the North West and South West having the highest proportion of staff based in regional offices while Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Edinburgh were the most common locations.  

Tamzen Isacsson CEO, MCA said:  

Careers in consulting offer individuals a real chance to make a positive impact in private sector businesses across the world and to shape public sector services for the better. Our profession is attracting diverse bright talent from schools and colleges across the UK and we’re delighted to be launching this video to help promote what a brilliant career option consulting is.” 

Emily Ireland Jones, Chair of the Young MCA and Managing Consultant at IBM Consulting, added:  

“The video brings to life how diverse a career in consulting can be. The breadth of opportunities available for young consultants enables individuals to explore a variety of roles, discover what job fulfilment looks like for them and shape a career around it. There is also no single route into consulting, with options spanning apprenticeships, graduate schemes but also experienced hires from different industries.” 

 Many consulting firms offer roles such as 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 in record numbers as the consulting sector continues to be more accessible to talent from a varied mix of backgrounds”.  

The video is available on the MCA website and is being promoted on social media ahead of the release of a guide for school leavers on the consulting sector later this year. Further information can be found at The Young MCA – MCA