EY to remove degrees and A-level results from entry criteria

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By Isabelle Bell

4 August 2015

EY is to remove academic qualifications from its entry criteria, it was announced yesterday (3 August 2015).

The global accountancy firm said that students will no longer be required to have a minimum of 300 UCAS points and a 2:1 degree classification to make an application.

Instead, EY will use online 'strengths' assessments and numerical tests to assess an applicant's potential.

The transformation to EY's recruitment selection will apply for its 2016 graduate, undergraduate and school leaver programmes.

EY said it had made the decision to change the application rules after an 18-month analysis found that its 'strengths based approach' is a "robust and reliable indicator of a candidate's potential to succeed in a role". 

The firm stressed that academic qualifications would still be taken into account, but would no longer act as a barrier to "getting a foot in the door".

Maggie Stilwell, EY's managing partner for talent, said: "Transforming our recruitment process will open up opportunities for talented individuals regardless of their background and provide greater access to the profession."

She added: "Our own internal research of over 400 graduates found that screening students based on academic performance alone was too blunt an approach to recruitment. It found no evidence to conclude that previous success in higher education correlated with future success in subsequent professional qualifications undertaken.

"Instead, the research shows that there are positive correlations between certain strengths and success in future professional qualifications. Transforming our recruitment policy is intended to create a more even and fair playing field for all candidates, giving every applicant the opportunity to prove their abilities."

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