Of the 19 new starters, nine have recently graduated from university and eight are joining from school following A-levels.
David Hillan, practice leader at Grant Thornton in Birmingham, said: “We know that more and more young people are considering new ways into the world of work, with some preferring to consider school leaver programmes over higher education.
“Three years ago we took the decision to remove academic barriers to entry, widen access and encourage newcomers who have the talent and ambition to work with us to take the business forward. This revised, more inclusive approach is proving very successful locally and nationally and we have some fantastic people in the Birmingham team who joined as a result of these new policies being in place.”
In the last three months Grant Thornton has won Best Candidate Experience at the Recruiter Awards, was named in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and came third on Ratemyplacement.com for the best placement and internship programme.
Hillan continued: “Creating a diverse workforce is not only good for us as a firm, but also for our people, our clients across the West Midlands and for helping to create a vibrant economy where people, businesses and communities can thrive. We are proud to be widening access to opportunity, regardless of background.”
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