Ernst & Young’s school leaver programme attracts “a diverse range of people”

The rise in tuiton fees is causing young people to think about alternative routes

The rise in tuition fees is causing young people to think about alternative routes

Since the rise in tuition fees, many young people are turning to apprenticeships rather than the traditional university route. In a recent article for the Guardian, Liz Bingham, managing partner for People, UK & Ireland, Ernst and Young outlines why it has a school-leaver programme in place.

“We’ve recruited school-leavers for around 20 years, but recently started a formal training programme for that group of employees. We had about 60 joiners last year, which we hope will rise to 100 this year. The training programme lasts for five years, during which time they work towards professional accountancy qualifications, which we fund, and many continue their careers with the firm.

School-leaver programmes have always been popular, but we’ve seen a big surge of interest this year, which we think is partly down to the increase in university tuition fees. We’re keen to attract a diverse range of people, including bright school leavers who are capable of going to university but have chosen not to. If we didn’t look at them we would be excluding ourselves from a potential pool of talent that is perfect for our organisation.

The average London salary for school leavers at Ernst and Young is £21,500. By the time their peers are graduating and looking for work our school-leavers will be part-qualified and have three to five years of incredible work experience behind them.”