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EY recruits 62 students to Thames Valley and South offices as part of young talent investment

14 October 2022
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EY has welcomed a record 1,473 students into its UK business this year - up 35 per cent compared to 2021 - as the firm continues to invest in young talent to support its future growth.

This year’s student cohort included 1,269 graduates and 204 apprentices. Almost 40 per cent will be based in EY’s regional offices, with Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, and Reading all seeing large intakes as the firm continues to strengthen its regional presence. 62 students have joined EY’s Reading and Southampton offices, 50 of which are graduates, with a further 12 apprentices. Of the new student hires, 36% in Reading and 23% in Southampton are women, while 45% in Reading and 54% in Southampton are from an ethnic minority background.

Additionally, EY provided work experience, summer internship and industrial placements to over 470 young people nationally. These programmes are designed to provide insights into EY, learning experiences and networking opportunities.

Hywel Ball, EY’s UK Chair, commented: “These are record numbers for EY as we continue to invest in young talent to support our growth across the UK. We’re continuing to see strong levels of client demand and continued investment across the firm, which is why we’ve increased our student intake year on year, over the last three years, and hired more than 3,600 students.

“This is an important talent pool for EY that we want to nurture and support as they begin their careers. It’s also why for a third year running, we honoured all conditional offers we made prior to A-Level and Highers results in recognition that many students had their studies disrupted during the course of the pandemic.

“Over the coming months, our new students will spend time getting to know their colleagues across EY, begin their training and start working with clients.”

Gareth Anderson, EY’s Managing Partner for Thames Valley and South, added: “Our commitment to recruiting new talent demonstrates the strength of our business and the opportunities available across the region. I’m pleased to welcome this new cohort of students who will be working across our business areas and look forward to seeing their careers grow and flourish at EY.”

EY has also invested in new technologies and processes to help simplify the application process for its student recruitment programme, making it more transparent and accessible. These changes are designed to improve accessibility and remove unnecessary recruitment barriers to ensure the profession is open to students from all diverse backgrounds.

The new simplified application process means candidates can now complete applications in one go, rather than in several sittings, and they can expect hiring decisions much quicker than ever before. The process focuses on candidates’ potential, ensuring strengths are assessed.

The firm is also creating a virtual career centre to provide candidates, parents and teachers with resources to support early career decisions.

EY is also using digital technology to engage and attract candidates alongside in-person events at schools, colleges and universities. The firm uses virtual reality job simulations at career fairs so people can experience what it’s like to work for EY. There is also a first of its kind virtual reality internship for its tech consulting business, which is a combination of in-person, remote and virtual reality work. Using purpose-built virtual environments, interns can learn about sustainability and gain a realistic preview of the job.

The firm is known for leading innovative ways to attract new people. In 2015, EY completely removed the 2:1 entry academic criteria for all graduate roles.

 


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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