Undergraduates studying on a special financial degree have
had their first taste of on the job training.
The trainee financiers have gone to Ernst & Young offices
around the country for three months of work experiences as part of
a sandwich degree being run by the financial institution and the
University of Lancaster.
Ernst & Young claims that this experience, coupled with three
years of university teaching, will result in the 18 students
enrolled on the course emerging as graduates on a fast track into
the financial sector.
Riaz Shah, Ernst & Young's head of people and operations in its
assurance practice, said: "The Ernst & Young degree offers
undergraduates an unrivalled opportunity to genuinely get ahead in
their careers and the experience of working with a global
Mr Shah added that the financial firm also benefited from the
course, as the undergraduates studying for the degree bring
"energy, enthusiasm and drive" to the company during their
The specially designed financial degree was launched by Ernst &
Young and the University of Lancaster in 2005 and the group of
students currently undertaking work experience at the firm's
offices around the UK are the first batch to be nearing the end of
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