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School leaver programmes

If you're thinking about your options after school, one of our work experience or apprenticeship opportunities could be for you.

2024 Applications are open

Applications to our 2024 programmes are now open.

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Our exciting new experience has launched for students and parents. From career insights to activities supporting mental health and wellbeing, our interactive zones will help you to learn about EY and have fun in the process!

    Success without a degree

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    Work experience

    Gain on-the-job experience that will help you decide if you’d prefer your career to start with an apprenticeship – rather than at university. Contribute to real client projects, learn from our apprentices with the potential to secure a place on one of our apprenticeships once you leave school. This is your chance to give your career a real flying start.
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    Kick-start your career with our apprenticeship programmes. Earn a salary from your very first day, work towards a professional qualification, and use your insights and skills to solve complex business challenges. And, make an impact that not only aligns with our purpose, but helps entire economies to thrive and prosper. 
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    Dedicated support

    Whichever programme you join, you'll receive dedicated, structured training, a network of mentors and coaches, and access to the latest tools and technology to set you on a path for success. Plus, your experience doesn't stop once you've completed the programme - we'll continue to give you opportunities to progress within EY.

    School leaver opportunities

    Support on real client work whilst building experiences for tomorrow’s world. Explore our work experience, business and degree apprenticeship programmes below.

      Career Starters

      Work experience

      If you’re considering an alternative to university, this programme will give you an insight into the world of EY, and help you decide if the EY Business Apprenticeship is right for you.

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      Smart Futures

      Work experience

      A ten month programme which starts with paid work experience, then gives you a variety of transferable skills and experiences to help decide on your next step.

      Explore programme


      Business apprenticeship

      Be an innovator and a problem solver, helping the world to work better by maintaining the confidence and trust. As auditors we help companies and governments publish accurate financial accounts others can rely on. Explore programme below.

      Assurance programme

      Strategy and Transactions

      Business apprenticeship

      Economies are fuelled by competitive organisations who buy, sell, merge or restructure parts of their business with others. Help organisations do all that while making more informed decisions and building better strategies. Explore programme below.

      Turnaround and Restructuring Strategy


      Business apprenticeship

      Provide fresh perspectives that help drive strategy and support clients in making better-informed business decisions, and help businesses adapt to the evolving tax landscape using the latest technology. Explore programmes below.

      Tax | PAS Mobility Tax and Immigration | Tax Technology and Transformation

      Business Leadership and Management Practice

      Degree apprenticeship

      Help financial services companies across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) manage risks and regulations whilst studying towards a business management degree.

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      Digital and Technology

      Degree apprenticeship

      Help local and global businesses to succeed with your tech-savvy assurance and advice whilst studying for a BSc.

      Explore programme

      Meet our apprentices

      Launching into the world of work

      Keeley gives insight into her apprenticeship journey, why she chose EY and the support available.

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      Building my career at EY in Newcastle

      Tom shares insight into his apprentice journey, how he achieves a work-life balance, and his future at EY.

      9 Sep 2022

      Making an impact at EY in Bristol

      Amber shares insights on working in tech, her support systems at work and her best experiences working at EY in Bristol.

      9 Sep 2022

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      Chat to us online

      Speak to EY people who are currently on our student programmes, and our recruiters. Hear their insights, advice and experiences.

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      Removing barriers

      We’re proud of our heritage on driving diversity and social mobility across the professional services industry, and in 2016, we removed the requirement to have minimum UCAS points or a degree classification to make an application to EY. We are passionate about giving candidates a fair and consistent recruitment process and are proud of our long-standing partnership with RARE who help us assess applications using contextual recruitment. And, whilst some academic qualifications will still be considered (check programme pages for more information), it’s no longer a barrier. We also firmly believe that every candidate should have the opportunity to demonstrate their potential in our selection process which is why we use our leading EY Strengths Framework that focuses on your individual strengths.



      All candidates should be given the opportunity to be their best selves throughout the process. We have adjustments in place to make all individual applications accessible.

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      Do you have questions about applying to and working at EY? From choosing a programme to visa requirements, technical help to joining, you're likely to find the answers here.

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      2024 Applications are open


      Applications to our 2024 programmes are now open.

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