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EY Business Apprenticeship - Assurance

As an EY Business Apprentice in Assurance, you can be a meaningful part of the work we do to ensure that influential clients around the world make sound decisions in the right way at the right time. And you can hit the ground running.

What entry qualifications do you need?

You can apply to become an EY Business Apprentice as a school leaver with the equivalent of three A-levels for five Scottish Highers under your belt.

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If your application is successful, you will spend 4.5 years on the programme.

During the course of your programme, you’ll complete the ICAEW ACA qualification if you’re based in England, and you’ll study ICAS if you’re based in Scotland.

At the end of the five-year programme you will be a qualified accountant with five years of experience – which includes leading projects.

What skills do you need to apply?

These are the skills we’d love to see when you apply for an EY Business Apprenticeship:

  • Being able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Good organisation skills
  • Personal confidence
  • Professional attitude and maturity
  • Enthusiasm
  • A willingness to work hard for your goals in life

What does an EY Business Apprentice in Assurance do?

Because we work with some of the world’s biggest organisations and governments, you’ll be auditing hugely influential clients and performing financial services assurance support as part of a team.

By the end of the programme, you’ll be trained to treat each audit a bit like a small business you’ll be managing. You’ll be responsible for booking team members to perform the work, identifying opportunities to bill the client, keeping a close check on the profitability of your project and being the main point of contact for the client.

What does a typical day look like?

  • Having meetings with the rest of your team members
  • Interacting with clients, either via email or by having face-to-face meetings
  • Preparing documents using industry standard office software like Word and Excel
  • Updating the team on the progress you’ve made
  • Coaching, preparing and leading client meetings
  • Checking financial statements to make sure they are accurate (and testing the data they’re based on)
  • Using EY computer programmes to analyse clients’ data.

What’s exciting about the work you will do?

  • No two days are the same. You can get to work with different people on different projects, and that keeps things interesting.
  • You can work in a dynamic, buzzing, fast-paced environment in central business hubs all over the UK, from Aberdeen to London’s Canary Wharf.
  • So much of your work in assurance is client-based that you can spend a large portion of your day outside the office going to meet clients.
  • You can get to lead client meetings, not just attend them.
  • By the time you’d have been graduating from uni and just starting out, you’ll already be skilled, experienced and in a position of responsibility.

Top skills you will learn during your apprenticeship

  • Time Management
    this is really important, because at any given time you could be working on multiple projects with multiple clients. You need to be able to balance your time to meet any deadlines. Can learn more about teamwork
  • Communication
    It’s really important to be at work with colleagues as part of a team, but it’s also vital to build up rapport with the client and plant the seeds of a great working relationship.
  • Teamwork
    Although you will work independently, much of your time is all about team effort.
  • Diligence
    When you’re working on documents, you need an eagle eye for detail so you can spot any errors or inconsistencies.
  • Presenting, data analysis and report writing
    These are top-tier skills that you can only pick up from direct experience.
  • Leadership
    By the end of the programme you’ll be leading client meetings and being responsible for projects getting delivered.

Perks of the job

  • Support and coaching from incredible colleagues
  • The chance to develop new skills and progress your career
  • Freedom and flexibility in handling your role
  • Total Rewards package support for flexible working and career development
  • FlexEY packages to help you select benefits related to holidays, health and well-being, savings, discounts, offers, promotions and insurance.

If you’re ready to put your all into something different and want to work for an inclusive employer with global business influence, apply to EY.

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