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“Technology is creating new possibilities. We’re at the heart of that change and so are our apprentices.”

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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“Technology is creating new possibilities. We’re at the heart of that change and so are our apprentices.”
The world is changing at such a speed, disrupting entire industries, and this creates a lot of uncertainty, especially for school leavers and their influencers who are already confused by the many opportunities available to them today.

Developing key employability skills is a lifelong process, especially those needed for the new world of work. Everyone now needs to be digitally savvy, regardless of their career path. However, according to research by the World Economic Forum among 350 of the world’s leading organisations, there will be a continuing demand for high-value skills like critical thinking and complex problem solving. This will go along with a growing need for distinctly human skills such as creativity and emotional intelligence as we look to 2020 and beyond.

The long-established thinking that you need a degree to build a successful career is being challenged by the rise of great alternative pathways such as apprenticeships. Initiatives like Skills London are a fantastic opportunity for young people, their teachers and parents to explore and understand the options available to them. There are big decisions that need to be made, so it’s important to be informed. Skills London provides a unique opportunity to meet employers face-to-face to ask questions and learn about all of the different programmes on offer to help young people find the right choice for them. Parents are a big part of this conversation which is why we recently launched our Parental Advice campaign, and are proud to support Skills London as this year’s Parent Partner.

Apprenticeships at EY are serious business. Our apprentices bring a fresh perspective; they add diversity to our teams and, in turn, additional value to our clients. The EY Business Apprenticeship and the EY Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation both offer routes into our workplace studying towards the same qualifications as our graduates, with the same career opportunities upon completion. University is still the right option for many students, but it isn’t for everyone and it’s important that young people understand that there are alternatives. The future is more complex, exciting, uncertain and competitive than ever before. Technology is changing how we work and creating new possibilities. It’s an exciting time for us, and an opportunity for apprentices working with us to have a real impact on business early in their career.

The transition from school into the workplace is a challenging one, and as employers it’s our responsibility to ensure that young people develop the skills and knowledge needed, to help them grow in confidence, hone their strengths and do amazing things at work. EY apprentices are supported through a combination of world-class training, mentoring and coaching, empowering them to achieve their potential.

You can find out more about these future skills by visiting the EY exhibitor stand, in the Business and Finance Zone, at Skills London.

Steve Keith
Marketing and Communications Lead - Apprenticeships

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