EY launches Assurance Scholarship at 3 UK universities

18 February 2015 Consultancy.uk

EY has announced the launch of its Assurance Scholarship programme which aims to support 60 students across the University of Bath, University of Lancaster and University of Warwick. The scholarship offers a combination of financial support as well as work experience within EY’s Assurance practice for students committed to a career in the sector.

For small and large accounting and consulting firms, talent is a key priority. To ensure students have the right skills for a career in accounting, audit and finance, they not only need theory but also the opportunity to develop their work experience in practice. In a partnership with the universities of Bath, Lancaster and Warwick, EY has set up a scholarship for promising young talent to be groomed for its Assurance practice.

EY to launch Assurance Scholarship

Assurance Scholarship
The Assurance Scholarship will be available to 60 students across the universities and offers £5,000 per year to support the costs of university attendance. Besides capital investment, the firm will also provide paid summer work in the second year at one of the firm’s UK offices, as well as a year-long industrial placement throughout the third year of study. The aim of the scholarship is to provide a practical environment in which the theory gained from the university education can be implemented in real client assignments and project work. Successful scholarship candidate will put their theory into practise, in services areas such as audit, financial reporting, fraud and corporate crime a position in the firm’s Assurance practice.

Commenting on the programme, Hywel Ball, EY’s Managing Partner for Assurance in the UK & Ireland, says: “Our Assurance Scholarship programme is designed for those who are focussed on starting a career in accountancy, but who don’t want to miss out on the university experience. We already offer school leaver, graduate and undergraduate programmes, but we are expanding the range of career entry routes in response to growing demand. It’s a great opportunity for students to earn while they learn.”

With the changes to the UK Student Loan system, seeing students fork out £9,000 for fees, the total of £40,000 for the lifecycle of the Assurance Scholarship, from the combined scholarship payment and work, is designed to give students committed to a career in accounting, audit and finance a financial leg-up, such that they are able to focus on making the most of their time at university. With a further £1,000 per year on offer for students “who meet the criteria for widening access to higher education.” As part of the scholarship, students will also be encouraged to study toward professional accounting qualifications to be an ICAS or ICAEW qualified chartered accountant.

Hywel Ball - EY

Ball adds. “Employability skills are essential for today’s graduates and work experience is now considered to be pre-requisite for many graduate employers. Combined with the academic qualifications, skills such as team working, time management and real life client interactions, will help graduates of the EY Assurance Scholarship scheme to stand out in a competitive jobs market.”

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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.”