What is Assurance at EY?

Assurance is reassurance that a business is protected from risks that can affect its reputation or performance. As external auditors we help companies and governments publish accurate financial accounts others can rely on – so we can build a better working world.

Applications to this programme are now open in the following locations: Aberdeen, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, London, Luton, Newcastle, Reading, Southampton

What will you be doing?

  • Getting to know our clients, their businesses and how they work
  • Testing checks and balances to ensure they work how they’re supposed to
  • Analysing the data that goes into a financial statement to make sure it is true and fair
  • You’ll also spend substantial periods of time travelling to other offices and client sites
  • You will be expected to work longer hours during peak times in client delivery work – this is especially the case during busy season when you will need to work over weekends too

Are you eligible to apply?

We operate an open access to all policy and we don’t screen out any applications only on your academic performance at GCSE or A-Level. However, you’ll need a minimum of Level 2/GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language & Maths and to have completed three A-levels, five Scottish Highers or equivalent by the time the programme starts. It is therefore important that you provide us with your top three obtained or accurately predicted A-Levels (or equivalent) as these will be verified and considered as part of the offer process should you be successful. Any drop in grades could jeopardise your offer of employment.




Level 7 Apprenticeship*

in Accountancy and Taxation (equivalent to a master’s degree) *Please note this applies to English office locations only.

Professional qualifications

with ICAEW in England, ICAS in Scotland– two of the UK’s most highly regarded chartered accountant qualifications

Up to £22,000

Dependent on location, salaries up to £22,000

What’s it like?

Lucas is excited that he’s bypassed university and is almost finished training. Find out how his Assurance apprenticeship has helped him prepare for the next stage.

How’s it structured?

First up, an induction will verse you in all things EY and before you know it, you’ll be working in a team on audits for clients (with lots of help, of course!). Along the way, you'll be studying and doing exams so you’ll progress even faster professionally than your university-going friends. By the time you complete the programme you'll not only have qualifications but lots of practical experience and a network of mentors to help you keep on developing. The experience you gain will vary depending on your location as different offices offer different opportunities depending upon their clients.

Throughout you’ll be part of the EY community and you’ll have a buddy to help guide you. They’ll be your first point of call for practical help and guidance. We also provide coaching so you always have access to impartial advice, opportunities and ongoing advice.

Starting out in assurance requires dedication, hard work and long hours, but the knowledge and experience you’ll gain will set you on a fulfilling career path.

Where could an assurance career take you?

Working in Assurance at EY you’ll get to work in different sectors, visit other countries and open doors for your future.

Meet some of our apprentices


A smart future - Mudassar

Mudassar has taken every opportunity that has come his way. From EY Smart Futures and the Assurance apprenticeship, to promotion and being highly commended at the Asian Apprentice of the Year 2019 awards.


Working in Assurance – Jade

Jade joined EY two and a half years ago and has quickly gained confidence and added responsibility. Find out how the Assurance business apprenticeship has helped her grow.

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Balancing work and study – Joshua

Joshua joined EY a year ago, he's continually building his knowledge and gaining greater responsibility as he progresses. 

What about the extras?

From access to FlexEY’s benefits programme to generous pension plans and discounted gym memberships – there are lots of perks to being an apprentice at EY.

Where do you want to be?

We offer the Assurance apprenticeship in several cities around the UK.

Applications to this programme are now open in the following locations: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, London, Luton, Newcastle, Reading, Southampton


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