Choosing an apprenticeship was my best decision. Not only am I accelerating my career, I’m also able to give back to others through EY Ripples and the EY Foundation, something I'm very passionate about.
Assurance at EY
We make sure that businesses are protected from risks that can affect their reputation and performance. As external auditors, we provide confidence that businesses and governments publish true and fair financial information others can rely on - helping to build a better working world.
Technology in Assurance
From implementing digital approaches into our global audit methodology to processing millions of transactions into visual analytics solutions, innovation and technology will be embedded into your audit clients from day one.
EY is using innovative technology such as Robotic Process Automation and Process Mining to review our client’s population data. You will receive structured training to upskill in digital technology such as data visualisation or design thinking and bring that into your audit work.
What will you be doing?
- Getting to know our clients, their businesses and how they work
- Testing checks and balances to ensure they work how they’re supposed to
- Analysing the data that goes into a financial statement to make sure it is true and fair
- You’ll spend substantial periods of time with clients
- You will be expected to work longer hours during peak times in client delivery work – this is especially the case during busy season when you will need to work over weekends too
Are you eligible to apply?
We operate an open access policy, meaning we don’t screen out applications on your academic performance alone.
England and Northern Ireland: You will, need a minimum of grade 4/C GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths, and to have completed three A-levels or (equivalent e.g. BTEC Nationals) by the time the programme starts.
Scotland: You will need a minimum grade C National 5 (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths, and be working towards completing 5 Highers or be working towards a SCQF Level 6/7 by the time the programme starts.
We welcome applications from all academic backgrounds and are looking for individuals who will succeed at EY in the desired role and future qualifications, therefore throughout our recruitment process your academic performance will be considered against your online assessment scores to determine your suitability for an EY role. We are also proud to partner with RARE recruitment, so that your application can be processed in the context of your socio-economic background. This allows us to give you the maximum credit for your achievements, assessing whether you have overachieved in light of your personal circumstances.
It is therefore important that you provide us with your top three obtained or accurately predicted A-Levels (or equivalent) as these will be verified and considered as part of the offer process should you be successful. Any drop in grades could jeopardise your offer of employment.
Read more about our academic requirements.
ICAEW in England and ICAS in Scotland
Level 7 Apprenticeship*
In Accountancy and Taxation (equivalent to a master’s degree). Learn more here.
*Please note: In Scotland, this is equivalent to a Level 11 SCQF qualification, which is the same level of difficulty as a master’s degree.
How’s it structured?
First up, an induction will verse you in all things EY and before you know it, you’ll be working in a team on audits for clients (with lots of help, of course!). Along the way, you'll be studying and doing exams so you’ll progress even faster professionally than your university-going friends. By the time you complete the programme you'll not only have qualifications but lots of practical experience and a network of mentors to help you keep on developing. The experience you gain will vary depending on your location as different offices offer different opportunities depending upon their clients.
Throughout you’ll be part of the EY community and you’ll have a buddy to help guide you. They’ll be your first point of call for practical help and guidance. We also provide coaching so you always have access to impartial advice, opportunities and ongoing advice.
Starting out in assurance requires dedication, hard work and long hours, but the knowledge and experience you’ll gain will set you on a fulfilling career path.