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Career Starters

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 an EY Apprenticeship is right for you.

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An insight into business

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Be inspired

Our Career Starters programme will give you an insight into our business. You'll take part in learning sessions, network with our people, and learn more on how you can kick-start your EY career.
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Network with apprentices

You’ll have the full support of our team during your time us and will also have the opportunity to network with current apprentices and ask your questions on life at EY.
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Your next step

Joining us means you're taking the next step at shaping your career. We expect that most students on this programme will secure a place onto a business apprenticeship.

Career Starters

Designed for school students in Year 11(England and Wales)/S4 (Scotland) and Year 12 (England / Wales)/S5 (Scotland), you’ll discover more about an EY apprenticeship and the wealth of exciting career possibilities available to you.
Across one-day or two-days you’ll learn more about the work our apprentices do to make an impact to our people, clients, and communities. You’ll take part in on-the-job case studies, business skills sessions, and networking EY apprentices and leaders. There are two programme options available:
  • Financial Futures

    Aimed at school students who want to learn more about a career in Assurance and Tax and get an insight into our Business Apprenticeship programmes. 

  • Female Tech Futures

    Our Female Tech Futures programme is aimed at raising awareness with female students who are keen to pursue a career in technology. You’ll learn more about our Degree Apprenticeship in Digital and Technology, and you’ll have access to senior role models and gain an insight into the wide world of technology at EY.               

About the programme

  • How's it structured?

    Get a taste of the real working world with our one-day or two-day insight programmes:

    • If you’re in Year 11/S4 you’ll attend a one-day virtual event and take part in online sessions 
    • If you’re in Year 12/S5 you’ll attend a one-day virtual event as well as a one-day in-person event hosted in one of our EY offices in Bristol, Edinburgh, London, and Manchester.

    Please note you will be able to apply to any of our office locations but we advise you to apply to the location where you would want to be employed in the future. You will then be invited to the in-person office event at one of the selected locations nearest to you.

    For the in-person event, EY will cover reasonable travel costs for you to get to the office. There are no overnight stays for these events and we advise for you to only apply to locations that are within a comfortable commutable distance.

  • What will you be doing?

    • You’ll learn about EY’s approach to inclusivity, sustainability, and technology, whilst participating in interactive sessions to learn about the culture of EY.
    • You’ll explore our different business areas and experience what it’s like to begin building a career with impact as an apprentice.
    • You’ll take part in skills development workshops that will help you to prepare for a career at EY alongside personal and professional skills.
    • You’ll gain knowledge of our apprenticeship opportunities at EY and speak to current apprentices on their career journeys, advice, and top tips.

    And if you’re in Year 12/S5, you can even be fast-tracked onto one of our apprenticeship opportunities.

  • Preparation for an apprenticeship

    Career Starters is a great way to understand whether one of our apprenticeship programmes are right for you. We expect that most of the students taking part in Career Starters will secure a place on one of our 2025 apprenticeship opportunities. If you’re one of them, not only will you get your career off to a brilliant start, but you’ll have already met members of your future team here at EY.

  • Entry Requirements

    We operate an open access policy, meaning we don’t screen out applications on your academic performance alone.

    England: You must be in Year 11 or 12 for England and Wales completing three A levels (or equivalent) and have a minimum of grade 4/C GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths. 

    Scotland: You must be in S5 or S6 completing 5 Highers or be working towards a SCQF Level 6/7 and have a minimum of grade C National 5 (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths. 

    We recommend that you live within a one hour commuting distance of the office location you're applying to, and you must have strong motivations for exploring alternatives to university.

    We are proud to have partnered with RARE, so that your application can be assessed in the context of your socio-economic background. This allows us to better understand and give you the maximum possible credit for your achievements, assessing whether you have overachieved in light of your wider personal circumstances. Supplying this information is optional and confidential, and will not negatively impact your application. 

    Read more on our approach here.

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    Rewards and benefits

    You want a career that counts. An experience that challenges you. That rewards performance and ultimately defines your future. That's what's on offer at EY. After all, our success is founded on yours.

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    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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    Locations will close when filled so we encourage you to apply early. If your preferred location is not available, please explore other opportunities.