In May 2015, PwC ditched its requirement for graduates to have certain A-level results. The company said the policy could “drive radical changes” in social mobility and diversity.Gaenor Bagley, head of people at PwC, said that by removing the UCAS criteria from the recruitment process, it would create a fairer system in which students were selected on their own merit. This was echoed by Stephen Isherwood, CEO of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, who suggested that PwC’s decision was an innovative step, and that other graduate employers should follow its lead. EY has now gone a step further by opening up its graduate scheme to anyone with a degree, regardless of what grade they achieved – compared to its previous 2:1. The firm takes on 1,800 trainees each year from 25,000 applicants. Of these, 1,200 are graduate trainees, 400 are undergraduates on internships or placements and 200 are school leavers. EY will choose which applicants to interview based on their performance in online tests. According to UK recruitment leader Dan Richards, the company hoped the new system of online “strengths” assessments and numerical tests would mean a wider range of people will apply for the 2016 scheme. Read more on graduates:
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