Focus On: Graduate Talent Acquisition

Focus On: Graduate Talent Acquisition

Paul Vance, head of recruitment at KPMG

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Focus On: Graduate Talent Acquisition

KPMG won the gradireland Graduate Employer of the Year award for 2015 when the awards were announced in April.

"This achievement was in recognition of our commitment to graduate development," said Paul Vance, head of recruitment at KPMG. "The award recognises the quality of our graduate programme in the areas of training and development, mentoring and coaching, career progression, student work experience programmes, our commitment to diversity and corporate social responsibility and more."

KPMG is expected to recruit 280 new graduates this autumn into its offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast. "KPMG is expanding and we are investing in more people in audit, tax, consulting and advisory. That means more positions for ambitious, bright and enthusiastic graduates who want to become business leaders of tomorrow," he said.

"Most of our graduates join us in the autumn and spend their first six weeks in a comprehensive induction programme designed to settle them in, and allow them to get to know KPMG and one another."

"Everyone is assigned a mentor, someone to help with all those early work questions that can be daunting at first," said Vance.

"From a work perspective, graduates are supported from day one and we ensure people are trained to be successful with their work. On the social side, whether it be through sports, socialising or getting involved in our CSR efforts, graduates soon realise that there is a terrific social element in the firm."

The KPMG Business School delivers quality classroom training alongside integrated work opportunities. "This blended approach is key to graduate development and it continues beyond graduate level; all employees are involved in training as their careers progress," said Vance.

"All of our graduates train to be Chartered Accountants and we take pride in helping them to achieve their professional goals. In summary, we have a high performing, people- orientated and work-life balanced culture."

KPMG’s Business School delivers 1,600 courses per year and offers over 200 technology- based learning modules where employees can access training from their desks.

"Every employee completes around 25 days training each year. Before our graduates commence, we assess their needs and schedule training as required," said Vance.

"We provide access to training such as client relationship management, people management, interview skills training and industry sector training, as well as professional training to ensure our people are successful in their Chartered Accounting exams.

"The success of our training investment can be seen in the results achieved in the professional exams. We are proud to have the best exam results in the country."

KPMG offers trainees the opportunity to work in Ireland and overseas with leading multinationals, Irish-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

"We offer a market-leading compensation package through our core benefits, flexible benefits and wellbeing programme," said Vance.

"We look for people with good communication, teamwork, leadership and problem- solving skills and who show attention to detail. We place great emphasis on teamwork, leadership, respect, honesty and integrity.

"We are open to hiring students from all degree backgrounds. In addition to business graduates, we welcome applications from engineering, science, arts, law and other disciplines," he said.

The application deadline for KPMG’s graduate programme 2016/17 is 5pm on Wednesday October 21 for universities in the Republic of Ireland and Wednesday October 28 for universities in Northern Ireland. See

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