EY awarded employer provider status as it ramps up apprenticeship efforts

03 May 2017 Consultancy.uk

EY has been awarded 'employer provider status' allowing the firm to be an official 'training provider' for apprentices. The firm has announced 200 apprenticeship places across the country, starting in September, focused on creating an additional avenue into its ranks for those called to professional services - whatever their socio-economic natural history.

Top professional services firms across the UK have, in recent years, sought to end the perception that entry to their ranks is only for the well-connected or well supported throughout the period of secondary and tertiary education. Entry requirements, such as at least a 2:1 and 300 UCAS have disappeared from the requirements to join EY for instance, while KPMG too has changed requirements and reduced the number of hoops through which prospective candidates had to formerly jump. Through the move the firms aim to support social mobility, while also allowing those whom have a calling towards professional services – but lacked middle class support networks – to achieve their dreams.

EY earns employer provider  status' for apprenticeship programme

EY, in a further development of policies aimed at reducing the exclusivity of the firm and in a step away from tertiary education as the key channel into its ranks, has earned 'employer provider status'. The status means that the firm is an official ‘training provider’, subject to Ofsted inspections and SFA reviews. The status means that the firm can officially deliver apprenticeships to candidate – as well as leverage funds paid to the Apprenticeship Levy, for the training process itself. Maggie Stilwell, EY Managing partner for Talent, says, “Gaining employer provider status helps us to deliver high quality apprenticeships for our people that are tailored to the needs of our business.”

As part of the wider announcement the firm has revealed that it will admit 200 school leaver students to its Business Apprenticeship scheme, which begins in September this year. Stilwelll adds, “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.”

The apprenticeship is structured to offer on-the-job coaching and client facing roles from day one. In addition, the role has a starting salary of up £21,500, with a similar career trajectory thereafter to that of graduate entrants. The 200 vacancies will be spread across the country, including in Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge, Reading, London and Bristol. Stilwell concludes, “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.”



Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”