Ernst & Young scraps degree prerequisite to recruit trainees

One of world’s biggest accountancy firms to no longer choose trainees according to their educational background, rather their performance in online tests to be decisive

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In an attempt to revive workplace diversity, accountancy firm Ernst and Young announced it will remove all academic and education details when applying for a traineeship. The company will choose applicants by an online test, which will measure their performance.

Until now, graduates and school leavers needed high grades in order to apply for a training programme. Maggie Stilwell of Ernst and Young said qualifications “will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door,” the BBC reported.

Educational background of applicants will be hidden, this way the interviews will be carried out “blind.” However, the applicants will be asked for their qualifications and school details, but these information will only be available to the recruiters after the first round of interviews.

Ernst and Young accepts only 1,800 trainees each year among 25,000 applicants.

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