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Accessing talent: Cardiff Business School and ICAEW’s Undergraduate Partnership Programme

Comprehensive and tailored recruitment that attracts the highest calibre of work-ready graduates to fit your business can be a difficult and time-consuming process. This is especially true for accountancy and finance which is the largest sector for graduate recruitment in the UK.

Cardiff Business School can streamline the recruitment process and help you access dynamic, ambitious and talented students and graduates. The Undergraduate Partnership Programme (UPP) is an exclusive collaboration between ICAEW and the business schools of three of the UK’s most prestigious universities: Cardiff, Manchester and Warwick. The programme is open to Accounting & Finance students with an average of 2:1 or better with the placement taken in the third year of what will be a four-year degree programme.

Dr Sue Bartlett, Director of Careers & Employability at Cardiff Business School, explains how UPP has made an impact on the graduate prospects of students and benefited host organisations:

"Our targeted approach to matching the very best students to an organisation – ensuring they are the right fit – has delivered considerable value to all involved. We have seen a number of students excel within placement, work their way through the first year of a training contract and return to their host organisation upon graduation ready to hit the ground running. For the organisation, they get a hard-working, enthusiastic and academically gifted student, who can be fully integrated in to the company’s values and ways of working."

98% of the host organisations surveyed rated the employability of Cardiff Business School graduates as Good – Excellent and would highly recommend the UPP to other employers (2015/16).

Further information

If you would like to find out more about UPP please contact, Alex Hicks, Placement Manager, Cardiff Business School.

Further information on Cardiff Business School’s undergraduate courses visit the Business School’s website.

It's become increasingly flexible to train ICAEW Chartered Accountants, giving employers greater flexibility and choice while retaining the quality and prestige of the ACA qualification. Further information on ATE can be found on the ICAEW’s website. By becoming an ICAEW authorised training employer (ATE) you will gain unique access to the best talent for your business through the 12-month placement programme.

For information on how to become an ICAEW authorised training employer (ATE) contact, Sam Starbuck, ICAEW Business Development Manager.