7 November 2023

An insight into: Assurance Apprenticeships

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Got a keen eye for detail? Love problem-solving? Or perhaps you just enjoy working with people. If so, an Assurance Apprenticeship at EY is the career choice for you.

EY has over 30 years of experience in its purpose of building a better world by providing businesses with services that positively impact their growth and reputation.

With a workforce of over 365,000 people, EY is looking for talented school leavers like yourself to join their Assurance team.

Read on to learn about the Assurance Apprenticeship and how you can get involved.

What is an assurance apprenticeship?

As an Assurance apprentice, you’ll help businesses protect themselves from risks affecting their reputation and performance. And, while technology increasingly automates the routine work, you can expect more freedom to focus on clients. And clients are a big part of the job. 

You won’t be hiding away behind the scenes here. You’ll be developing key relationships and making them last – all while building a better working world through big and impactful projects.

You’ll be encouraged to succeed by an apprenticeship coach and supported by a team that provide useful resources for your studies.

“The people that work here are really supportive and want to help you to develop in the role you are in. There is a good culture among teams and I feel really supported and feel that I have lots of opportunities to develop and grow which is key for me.”

 – Assurance Associate, EY

What will you be doing?

During your Assurance Apprenticeship at EY, you’ll spend most of your time in a client-facing role as part of the Audit team.

You’ll get involved with impactful projects right from the start. Tasks will include:

  • Getting to know EY’s clients, their businesses and how they work
  • Testing cheques and balances to ensure they work how they’re supposed to
  • Analysing financial statement data to ensure it is true and fair.

The best thing about it all? You’ll get the training you need from day one and earn an industry-recognised qualification, so you’ll be work-ready by the time you finish the apprenticeship.

Want to know more about what you’ll be doing? Meet Joanne, an Assurance Apprentice based at EY in Bristol.

Assurance Apprenticeship Facts

  • The programme runs for four years
  • Level 7 Apprenticeship (equivalent to a Master’s Degree)
  • You’ll earn a competitive salary
  • A buddy to help guide you throughout your apprenticeship
  • Work towards professional qualifications: ICAEW in England and ICAS in Scotland.

How do you get into it?

EY is looking for talented candidates from all academic backgrounds to join them. But what do you need?

If you live in England or Wales, you’ll need…

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) graded at 4 (C) and above in English Language and Maths
  • Three A Levels or equivalent.

If you live in Scotland, you’ll need…

  • A minimum grade C National 5 (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths
  • Be working towards completing 5 Highers or be working towards an SCQF Level 6/7.

Did you know that EY placed in our Best 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2023?

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What can you do afterwards?

An Assurance Apprenticeship with EY will give you the tools and broad experience you need to launch a successful career within the Auditing industry.

You could move into management and build on your leadership skills to progress your career even further.

For more information and to apply, head on over by clicking below.