EY and Aberdeen Grammar School aim to inspire with partnership

Aberdeen Grammar School pupils with Hannah McArdle and Liam Cheyne of EY, and Matthew Foster and Alan Martin who are the lead teachers for DYW at the school


Inspiring and encouraging young people to consider a variety of pathways into careers in business is on the agenda within an Aberdeen school as big four professional services firm EY enter into a flagship partnership with Aberdeen Grammar School.

Young people at the school will gain insight into the ways they can join EY (via their apprenticeship programme or graduate programme), will have the opportunity apply for the company’s summer business academy and will get real life examples of the business world via a curricular link with the school’s business studies department.

As a collaborative relationship EY will benefit from the opportunities to increase young people’s awareness of EY and hope to recruit some of their future apprentices from the school.

Matthew Foster and Alan Martin, from Aberdeen Grammar School said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with EY along with DYW North East.  It is also great to see former pupils as apprentices who are contributing to the partnership in delivering presentations to our senior phase pupils, this enables our current pupils to think on different routes available.  Feedback from them already suggests that there has been a change in mind-set regarding their future pathways.

“It’s also been good to work with EY as they have attended our Learner Pathways events for pupils and parents.  We are looking forward to future and continued collaboration with our partners.”

Hannah McArdle, Recruitment Advisor at EY said: Aberdeen Grammar is a great school which wants to ensure their students know that there is a range of career options out there. The school is supportive of the Apprenticeship route at EY being a suitable alternative to University.  We have seen apprentices in previous years join our programme from this school and it is also in a good location for our business, where we welcome office visits from their students. We look forward to working in partnership with teachers, students and their parents at Aberdeen Grammar school.”

Young people at the school have already taken part in a number of activities as part of the partnership, whereby three apprentices from EY presented to S6 pupils at the school to outline an alternative pathway into accountancy from the university route and the business attending the S3 pathways event which was held earlier this week.