EY offers free MBA program to its 284,000 employees globally

13 July 2020 Consultancy.in 2 min. read

EY is collaborating with Massachusetts-based Hult International Business School to offer its employees a free MBA programme focused on disruptive tech and leadership.

As part of the new programme, employees at the Big Four accounting and advisory firm will be able to design their own MBA curriculum, with the ability to choose from a variety of modules. Tech-focused modules span the artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and robotic process automation (RPA) sphere, while leadership modules include courses in employee wellbeing, diversity, inclusion and sustainability.

EY will allocate 16 badges that cover three pillars – Technology, Leadership and Business – while participants will also have to complete insight papers on these themes and submit a final project. An MBA degree will be awarded once all these conditions are met by an employee.

EY offers free MBA program to its 284,000 employees globally

The course is being offered without charge and irrespective of an employee’s position or experience with the firm. Leadership at the firm indicated that the themes covered in the programme are aimed at cultivating a workforce of the future, as tech, diversity and sustainability are expected to be central themes in the future business environment.

“The EY Tech MBA with Hult, is more future-focused than most MBAs with a flexible curriculum, from leadership skills to the latest emerging and disruptive technologies. This offers all EY people the opportunity to develop both the technological skillsets and business mindsets they will need to continue to provide exceptional client service and thrive in tomorrow’s workplace,” said Sandeep Kohli, Partner and Talent Lead at EY India.

Clients across India are turning to the consulting sector to support with their digital advancement, and EY has been developing its capabilities in key areas. However, previous analysis from EY has shown that people are the key to realising digital potential, putting the workforce in the spotlight.

In fact, EY’s analysis revealed that one in ten jobs in India will likely require an entirely fresh set of skills over the next half a decade. Addressing factors such as the digital skills gap is crucial to staying in control of these developments and building a workforce of the future. EY appears to be investing in this ideal.

Last year, the firm partnered with the Institute of Management Technology Centre for Distance Learning to offer a Post Graduate programme in Advanced Data Science.