EY becomes training provider for apprentices

13 April 2017

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  • The firm will take on 200 apprentices in September 2017
  • The firm wins ‘Best school leaver programme’ 2017 at TARGETJob awards

EY has been awarded employer provider status, which will allow the firm to officially deliver apprenticeship training to its people.

Part of the Government’s apprenticeship reforms, employer provider status recognises the role business can play in driving the quality of apprenticeships, helping more young people into the world of work, and bridging skills gaps in the UK.

Employers have to apply to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to become an official ‘training provider’ and once granted are subject to Ofsted and SFA reviews, to ensure the standard of training remains high.

Maggie Stilwell, EY’s Managing Partner for Talent at EY, UK and Ireland, said: “Gaining employer provider status helps us to deliver high quality apprenticeships for our people that are tailored to the needs of our business.

“Apprenticeships provide an attractive alternative to University for students and, at the same time, an opportunity for employers to upskill their people and indeed the UK workforce.

“We see impressive students keen to start their career at the earliest opportunity, who are enthusiastic, energetic and hungry to learn. We want to harness that talent by creating more routes into the profession.”

200 Business Apprentices

EY is looking to recruit 200 students to their award winning Business Apprenticeship scheme that will start in September this year.

Successful applicants will work towards an apprenticeship and a globally recognised accountancy qualification, on a structured programme that will offer on-the-job coaching and the opportunity to work with EY clients from day one. The full-time role will have a starting salary of up to £21,500 and the career path and experiences will be the same as for graduates.

Vacancies are available in cities across the UK, including Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge, Reading, London and Bristol.

This month EY was awarded ‘Best School Leaver Programme’ at the TARGETJob awards, recognising the firm for removing barriers into the profession, offering a variety of possibilities for school leavers, and demonstrating fast-paced innovation with social media, valued by students.

In August 2015, EY transformed the way it recruited students, removing academic qualifications from their entry criteria. Students are no longer required to have a minimum of 300 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 B’s) and a 2:1 degree classification to make an application to the school leaver, apprenticeship or graduate programmes.