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STRAIGHT TALK­ING FROM UKIP’S DEPUTY LEADER THIS WEEK?

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Even an in-house Costa Cof­fee for when they’re parched.

The idea of send­ing a cou­ple of thou­sand BBC staff and sev­eral de­part­ments oop north was a box-tick­ing ex­er­cise, of course.

And not an al­to­gether bad PRICE­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers is one of the world’s big­gest ac­coun­tancy firms – so in more ways than one, they re­ally do count.

This week it an­nounced it would no longer take A-level re­sults into ac­count when as­sess­ing po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees.

PwC says it plans to scrap min­i­mum A-Level grades for can­di­dates be­cause they’re pre­vent­ing it from hir­ing tal­ent from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds.

The A-Level is the sup­posed “gold stan­dard” qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the UK.

But PwC says, from June, it will in­stead rely on its own as­sess­ment process and the can­di­date’s de­gree score.

Richard Ir­win, head of stu­dent re­cruit­ment for the firm, ex­plained: “We’ve taken the view that if a can­di­date is able to show a strong de­gree, is able to demon­strate all the at­tributes and skills sets we need and who can suc­ceed in our as­sess­ment process, then we should no longer pun­ish them for hav­ing poor A-level grades.”

So make the most of that manda­tory sixth-form, kids, be­cause it’s just been ren­dered use­less.

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