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An insight into EY's business apprenticeships

02 October 2017

The National Careers Service Inspiration Team has partnered with EY (formerly Ernst and Young) to organise an insight into Business Apprenticeships event for Year 12 students. 

This event took place on Monday 10 July and continues a partnership for the second time this year, where the focus of the day was to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities and careers offered by EY. 

James Cordanifar, Associate Director Talent Team, EY, opened the day with a presentation that included an overview of the a new training programme for students to join straight from school or college. This was followed by contributions from Workpays, an organisation that promotes apprenticeships to schools in the region. Young people had the opportunity to put questions to a Business Apprentices Panel to understand more about the recruitment process and in particular carry out a strengths exercise which involved the young people preparing and delivering a presentation to the audience. 

The students involved evaluated the event, and many felt that the EY apprenticeships are something they would like to pursue further. Key comments received by school staff and young people included:

“It was a great, well organised day with interesting insight into apprenticeships, and allowing students to reflect on their strengths. Interesting section on apprenticeships, more students are now considering this option.”

“Students found guest speakers who had done apprenticeships interesting and were able to relate to them.”

Joe, a student from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, recently completed his studies and joined EY’s Birmingham IT and Risk Assurance School Leaver programme. He said:

“EY has been incredibly supportive when it has come to the transition from college into my career. There is a fantastic emphasis on giving us the time to grow into the role rather than expecting us to seamlessly transfer into work-life. From what I’ve seen there is an importance throughout the company on having a good work-life balance, and in my first few months I’ve had loads of support from my buddy and my counsillor who have been making sure that I’m not being overworked.”

If you would like to know more about EY Business Apprenticeship and other programmes, please visit

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