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Posted By Apprenticeships Directory on 03/11/2017 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

EY ranked UK top employer for apprenticeships

EY ranked UK top employer for apprenticeships

EY has been ranked 12th in the top 100 employers in the UK for school and college leavers by RateMyApprenticeship.

The list is based on thousands of student-written reviews on the apprenticeship, school leaver and work experience schemes offered by UK employers.

EY have around 1,600 graduate, school leaver and intern vacancies each year and offers a range of routes into the profession for young people, including the EY Business Apprenticeship - an ofsted accredited scheme that offers a starting salary of up to £21,500. Apprentices can qualify as an accountant in five years, one year quicker than their peers in the same school year who opt to go to university and then join the firm as a graduate.

Maggie Stilwell, EY’s Managing Partner for Talent at EY UK & Ireland, says: “Apprenticeships provide an attractive alternative to university and demand for places is growing. Students can get a head start on their career, without university debt, receive on-the-job experience and coaching, whilst receiving a salary.

“At EY we see some impressive students join us on our apprenticeship scheme, who are enthusiastic, energetic and hungry to learn. We want to harness that talent by creating even more opportunities for young people to enter the profession.”

Over the last five years EY has increased the number of school leaver places it offers from 50 to 200. The firm also launched an EY Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation this year, in partnership with Ada - the National College for Digital Skills – to boost the digital skills within its workforce.

The firm also made the move to remove academic qualifications from its student recruitment entry criteria. Students are no longer required to have a minimum of 300 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 B’s) and a 2:1 degree classification to make an application, opening up the profession to more young people. Operating a ‘blind CV’ process, students are now assessed in a series of online strengths tests.

Stilwell adds: “School leavers have a huge amount of potential to contribute to the growth of UK business. As employers we need to work with others, including educators and the government, to harness that talent.”

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