EY School Leaver programme

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A full time job with a competitive salary, independence and responsibility – without going to university first. The EY School Leaver programme is an alternative to university that can lead to the same professional qualification you’d get as a graduate. You could even qualify sooner than some graduates, and all without any fees or debt.

Our five-year training programme lets you join EY straight after school or college – just as some of our Directors and Partners did. You can also apply if you’re taking a gap year or have chosen not to go to university and want to start your career in professional services at a later date. From day one you’ll gain valuable experience, earn a salary and build lasting networks.

What you can look forward to

  • A 5-year structured training programme
  • Two professional qualifications: the globally-recognised ICAEW Certificate in Finance and Business (CFAB) followed by a second professional qualification linked to your chosen service line — Assurance, Transactions or Tax.
  • Challenging work on a diverse range of projects and clients.
  • Study leave — time out of the office to prepare for your exams.
  • On-the-job coaching, your own career counsellor and a dedicated team to support you through your professional studies.
  • A tailored induction alongside our graduate recruits to introduce you to senior people in EY and help you settle into the business.
  • A host of transferable business skills.
  • Competitive salary plus benefits, that include a pension (up to 6% matched contributions), bikes for work, a subsidised gym membership, season ticket loan, sports teams and annual travel insurance.
  • Regular networking events.
  • The same world-class training and experience in all of our UK offices.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the EY School Leaver programme you should be studying A levels, Scottish Highers, or equivalent.

EY - Drew video

Drew - School Leaver in Assurance

EY - Charlotte video

Charlotte - School leaver in Tax

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Flo - School Leaver in UK&I Assurance

Find out more about how to apply

Register your interest for the new EY apprenticeship programme launching in September 2017

Have any questions?

Just e-mail us at eyschools@uk.ey.com or Tweet us @EY_SchoolsUK.

Find out more

Have a look at some successful career formulae from current students on our School Leaver programme:

EY Careers - Drew


EY Careers - Charlotte


EY Careers - Flo


EY Careers - David