First Deaf Graduate Assessment Scheme: In partnership with Ernst & Young

Published: Dec 4th, 2016

Ernst and Young company logoDeaf Unity wishes to announce that it is working in partnership with Ernst & Young (EY), a global professional services firm, to run a mock Deaf Graduate Assessment Centre.

The assessment centre is aimed at deaf graduates and deaf students who are studying for a degree, and have an interest in working for EY. It is a great opportunity for candidates to meet other deaf graduates in an accessible environment, and participate in some mock assessment centre exercises.

What the assessment centre will involve

Taking place in April 2017 at EY’s London office, the assessment centre is all-day event that will be held in a fully accessible environment with British Sign Language interpreters. The day will involve a series of exercises that will assess deaf people suitability for graduate schemes, and it will enable the participants to develop skills that will help them to succeed at EY’s graduate assessment centres.

EY offers graduate career opportunities across their four service lines: Assurance, Consulting, Tax and Transactions, as well as in Technology, Law and Actuarial. It recruits students based on their strengths and potential, not just academic backgrounds. Whichever business area participants wish to join, there’s the opportunity to hone skills and build expertise through exceptional training and development at EY – as well as studying for a professional qualification so that each employee can make the most of their strengths and reach their full potential. EY’s team-based business culture gives employee the support they need to thrive from the moment they join.

Improving accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing job seekers

One of the aims of the scheme is to evaluate the challenges of graduate assessment centres for deaf and hard of hearing people to improve the accessibility of mainstream assessment centres.

Deaf Unity has been working hard to develop a range of innovative and exciting activities to develop the educational and employment attainment of the Deaf Community in partnership with a range of organisations working in the voluntary, public, and private sectors. EY has provided tremendous support for making this vision a reality and getting this scheme off the ground.

Amy Moody, a Student Recruitment Advisor  for EY  said: “It is really important that we are accessible in all aspects of our recruitment process and this exercise will really help us to ensure we have the correct support processes in place.

“We want all students to understand that a career at EY is an opportunity they can explore and that it is a very supportive environment to kick-start their career.”

Abdi Gas, Deaf Unity’s CEO said: “I am delighted that EY has been the first major employer to take on this innovative initiative which is the first of its kind. EY shares Deaf Unity’s vision to tackle the chronic under and unemployment of the Deaf Community through improved employer and community engagement.

“EY has supported Deaf Unity’s work and vision in many ways from taking on seven promising deaf accountants following the 2014 Deaf Careers Fair; organising a reception evening for deaf people who work in the finance industry; hosting a stall at our 2016 Deaf and Disability Careers Fair; and hosting their own deaf network in house. Deaf Unity hopes to develop and strengthen its relationship with EY to develop and deliver many more exciting learning and development and career development projects for deaf and hard of hearing people in the near future.”

How to apply

The Deaf Graduate Assessment Centre will be held on 20 April 2017 for the day at EY’s London office. It is open to deaf graduates and deaf students, who are studying for a degree, and have an interest in working for EY.

Those who are interested in this scheme should register their interest by submitting their CV and covering letter to Alasdair Grant at alasdair.grant@deafunity.org

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Notes to editors:

  1. Deaf Unity is a deaf learning and development charity that was established by Abdi Gas, the current Chief Executive Officer in 2010, to address the specific learning and development challenges facing the deaf community as a whole that he has experienced.
  2. Deaf Unity is running a series of projects and events to address the challenges facing the Deaf Community. Examples include the 2014 and 2016 Deaf Careers Fairs, 2013 Deaf Learners Conference in May 2013, the Deaf Alumni Project, the Deaf Role Model Project, and the Deaf Learners Project. Further details on these will be provided in due course.
  3. Deaf Unity welcomes a range of people including Oxford University’s Model United Nations Society to work in partnership with us to deliver a range of initiatives to tackle the underemployment and unemployment of the Deaf Community. The UK Council on Deafness considers that unemployment within the hearing community is at the rate of 1:10, whereas for the deaf community it is 1:4.
  4. As a leading professional services organisation, EY’s work impacts at the highest level of global business. It helps clients solve complex business matters, driving change for tomorrow’s working world. For smart, curious and ambitious graduates, working at EY offers the opportunity to change how world-leading organisations do business.
  5. EY offers graduate career opportunities across their four service lines: Assurance, Consulting, Tax and Transactions, as well as in Technology, Law and Actuarial. It recruits students based on their strengths and potential, not just academic backgrounds.
  6. Whichever business area you join, you’ll have the chance to hone your skills and build your expertise through exceptional training and development at EY – as well as studying for a professional qualification so that you make the most of your strengths and reach your full potential. EY’s team-based business culture gives you the support you need to thrive from the moment you join.

Find out more about Ernst & Young and their focus as an equal opportunity employer by reading our exclusive interview

 

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