In an effort to grow the potential pipeline of qualified – and interested candidates for future employment, Ernst & Young is participating in a work study program for high school students in Durham, North Carolina. In exchange for tuition assistance, students are matched with participating employers according to their interests and work one day a week while in school. This concept is not new in the college ranks, but as those in the accounting industry are coming to understand- it might be too late to get someone interested in the accounting field once they are already in college. This could open the door to lowering employee acquisition costs and potentially lead to longer term retention, which is a problem in the public accounting sector.
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