Assurance Graduate Programme

Assurance plays a vital role in restoring and maintaining public confidence in the world's capital markets by providing an independent and reliable voice. At EY, it means working closely with some of the world’s most influential organisations and governments, understanding their strengths and vulnerabilities, and analysing the precision and safety of their performance.


You have the opportunity to work within Assurance, IT Risk & Assurance, Internal Audit & Controls and IT Risk & Assurance - Data Analytics. Scroll through our videos above to see how our current UKI & FSO graduates describe their roles.

Working in the UK & I

In the UK and Ireland, Assurance has a profound impact on the capital markets, economies and communities we serve. We help organisations provide accurate and current information to stakeholders about the efficiency and effectiveness of their policies and operations, and the status of their compliance with the statutory obligations. For graduates, it’s a unique opportunity to work on high-quality projects in External Audit, Risk Assurance, and Forensic Services.

Working in Financial Services

Our Financial Services Assurance practice is one of the most trusted, respected and influential organisations in the financial services industry. Built around our core audit delivery, it also encompasses a wide range of services across Banking & Capital Markets, Wealth & Asset Management, Insurance and Pensions. Whether providing assurance to key stakeholders and creating confidence to facilitate trades, or identifying opportunities for businesses to grow through better risk management, our aim is to create a better working world.



Level 7 Apprenticeship in Accountancy and Taxation

All eligible Assurance graduates will now work towards their professional accountancy qualification and a government accredited, Level 7 Apprenticeship in Accountancy and Taxation, which is the equivalent of a masters degree. The Level 7 standard was designed by industry – the ‘trailblazer’ group, which was chaired by EY and included accountancy firms and bodies such as ICAEW and ICAS.   

Professional qualifications

You can expect world-class training and support throughout your role, as well as study towards a Chartered Accountancy qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).

As well as your professional training, you'll also develop essential know-how through a range of activities. Over the years you may experience web-based learning, shadowing senior colleagues and team members, secondments (internal, with clients, or overseas) and training courses with our in-house experts. You'll be assigned a counsellor on day one who'll work closely with you to identify your strengths and help you grow in your career.

Hear from our leaders

We spoke to two EY leaders, Denise and Mike about how technology is impacting Assurance in our UK & I and Financial Services businesses. Learn how technology is driving change at EY and find out where a career in Assurance could take you!

What locations can I work in?



Assurance (2019 intake): Belfast


Register your interest for our 2019 programmes now by clicking here.


As well as supporting you while you try to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, starting in Assurance can take you in many directions. It's an excellent start for a career in all branches of professional services.


Why did James choose Assurance, and what does he think of his experience at EY?



Explore the milestones, achievements and successes in James’s career in Assurance so far.

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Do you still have questions?

EY and You

Not sure which area of EY to apply to? Play our interactive quiz and take away the guesswork. You’ll answer 7 scenario-based questions and we’ll tell you which service lines you’ll be well suited to.


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What do we do in Assurance?

We provide accounting solutions that help clients understand their businesses and increase stakeholder confidence. You’ll audit clients, helping them make decisions about environmental policies, governance and fraud.

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Sarah's Story

Sarah tells how she's always felt that she can achieve her highest aspirations at EY in Financial Service Assurance.

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