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The meeting place for tomorrow’s leaders

Leadership Academy

At EY, we’re committed to finding and supporting the aspiring leaders of tomorrow – people who have already demonstrated they’ve got the strengths required to reach the very top. That’s why we have had experts in leadership development create a course for this very purpose.

Our four-day Leadership Academy offers those with real talent the chance to shine. We team you up with some of our sharpest business minds to learn from their experiences.

Make no mistake: this is a demanding environment that will stretch and challenge you. As a result, it’s not for everyone. The tasks you are set might be about exercising your logic, or inspiring a team of people into action. But we can promise that it will make you question how you work; how you approach making decisions; and how you work with others. In short, it’ll give you a unique insight into how to use your strengths to go as far as you care to go.

If successful, you’ll join an elite group of students with access to opportunities that are among the best available. It’s a unique chance – personally and professionally – to hone the strengths you already have, and to take the first steps in a career that can go as far as you want it to.

Your direct route to becoming an effective leader

We know that business never stands still. And it will succeed only with strong leaders who possess the energy, ideas and commitment to drive things forward, especially in today’s tough climate.

Every day brings a new challenge that puts leadership strengths firmly to the test. And our Leadership Academy is just the same. The four-day residential course is a hugely stimulating and rewarding experience for the people invited to attend. Just ask any of the students who have taken part previously. And if you impress us we fast-track your application for a summer internship or graduate role.

"The depth and intensity of the course make it a must for anyone looking to become a future business leader."

"I've learnt more about myself in the last 4 days than I have during my last year at university."

"A fantastic experience. I feel honoured to have been accepted on to the programme."

Mary Kennedy, the Course Leader, adds:

"The Leadership Academy is designed to identify and support the leaders of tomorrow, based on the latest thinking in leadership development and the requirements of an increasingly complex global business environment. We've taken a bold approach in giving high performing students the opportunity to understand their unique strengths, what motivates and excites them and how they can influence others. Participants engage with like-minded peers and walk away with the skills and confidence to accelerate their career."

Do you have what it takes for the journey ahead?

What does it mean to be a successful leader? The ability to see things from a number of perspectives? The insight, confidence and drive to act decisively?

Today’s leaders need all of this and more. To prove that you're ready to be one of tomorrow's leaders, you'll need to show us that you have some special qualities and to make the very most of them. We're much more interested in the kind of person you are than what degree you're studying.

The Leadership Academy will take place from Monday 4 - Thursday 7 April 2016.

Entry Requirements

You are eligible to apply for this programme if you are studying for an honours degree and are in your first or second year of study.

Application deadlines:

Opening Date: Monday 2 November 2015

Closing Date: Friday 22 January 2016

How do I apply?

You’ll need to complete our online application form. Once you have submitted this information, you will receive a link by email to our Strengths Portal where you will be asked to complete four assessments.

If it all goes well, you'll be invited to a 30-minute telephone interview. We'll be aiming to discover your individual strengths, leadership potential and career motivation. It's also your chance to learn more about us.

Telephone interviews will take place from late January 2016 onwards.

Please note we are only able to accept one application per candidate for either the Leadership Academy OR Discover EY.

If you have any questions about the Leadership Academy, please email eyleadershipacademy@uk.ey.com

Watch our videos and find out more about the programme:

EY Leadership Academy The 4 day programme looks at leadership for yourself, with others, and in an organisation. Mary, the EY Leadership Academy creator and facilitator, discusses the journey students take at the Academy.
EY Leadership Academy student perspective Students on the programme explain what to expect, share stories of self discovery, and discuss the strengths they have developed and discovered.
EY Leadership Academy EY perspective Students discuss their self development and realisation of new strengths, and Dominic Franiel, EY programme manager, explains what students can expect to take away from the Academy.