EY offers Scottish school students a smart future

5 March 2014

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  • Global firm expands its flagship programme for fifth year students into Scotland

An initiative that sees ambitious school students receive coaching, mentoring and three-weeks paid work experience is being launched in Scotland today.

Global professional services firm EY is offering placements to 24 young people – 12 in Glasgow and 12 in Edinburgh – as part of its Smart Futures programme, which started in 2012.

The scheme is aimed at fifth year pupils who are in receipt of free school meals and/or would be the first in their family to go to university.

Successful applicants will attend sessions on a range of topics from presentation and leadership skills to team building and brainstorming and will be assigned to a Smart Futures coach who will continue to offer them support and guidance throughout their final year at school.

Jim Bishop, Scotland senior partner at EY, said: “Smart Futures provides a bridge between school and employment and reaffirms our commitment to support young people by  providing them with valuable work experience that will help them achieve their career potential.”

Margaret Khnichich, EY Glasgow head of tax, said: “Smart Futures is a great way of broadening our talent pipeline and opens the door to students who may not ordinarily have considered accountancy as a career.

Caroline Mercer, executive director at EY Edinburgh, added: “The programme boosts the confidence of young people, grows their business and commercial awareness and offers invaluable insight into the professional services industry. It contributes to our diverse workforce, attracting motivated young people from different backgrounds.”

The roll-out is part of a broader expansion that will result in the number of places on EY’s Smart Futures programme, which currently operates in London, Yorkshire and Manchester, double from 50 to 100.

Around a quarter of those who have participated in the scheme have secured a job at EY, either directly from school or via the firm’s graduate programme.

Applications are open until Sunday 23 March. Further information, including an online application form, is available at www.ukcareerguide.ey.com/schools/ey-smart-futures

Further announcements will be made on the @EY_Scotland and @EY_UKCorpRes Twitter feeds.