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EY unveils new approaches to graduate programme recruitment

Published: Tuesday, 04 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Following an announcement that it would be dropping academic qualifications from entry criteria for its graduate programmes earlier this year, EY has now detailed its new approach.

Rather than using degree results and UCAS points, the multinational professional services firm will now use a variety of online strength assessments and numerical tests.

It is hoped these techniques will help to identify the potential among candidates while highlighting those that have the skills desired by the company.

In past years, those wanting to apply for roles on EY’s graduate, undergraduate and school leaver programmes needed a minimum of 300 UCAS points and a 2:1 degree classification.

The changes should enable a greater number of potential candidates to apply for the programmes, providing opportunities to those from a more diverse range of social backgrounds.

Maggie Stilwell, EY’s new managing partner for talent, described the changes as a “transformation” which will “provide greater access to the profession”.

She added that it would make the recruitment process accessible for talented people regardless of their upbringing or education.

Ms Stilwell said that while academic qualifications will still be considered as part of the process, they will “no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door”.

Talent management firm Capp undertook an 18-month analysis of EY’s student selection process before the latest changes were introduced.

Internal research from the firm also suggested that picking students based on academic performance along was too blunt an approach, according to Ms Stilwell.

More than 400 graduates were analysed internally for the study, with the results suggestive of a need for a new approach.

EY has also said it will provide a range of online materials that can aid potential candidates by detailing some of the skills and information that are required for roles on the graduate programmes.

The firm that is headquartered in London is not the only professional services firm to have scrapped the need for academic qualifications in recent months, as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) adopted a similar approach back in May this year.

Grad Plus has plenty of graduate schemes and other programmes for those fresh from university who are looking to get their careers off to a bright start

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