KPMG, the professional services firm, announces plans for a new apprenticeship programme.
The programme, KPMG360°, will recruit and develop the next generation of rounded business advisors from a wide variety of backgrounds, using the Government’s Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards. KPMG360° will offer school and college leavers a full time role with practical experience, a competitive salary and the opportunity to work towards professional qualifications.
To assist young people entering the workforce for the first time, the programme will offer apprentices a variety of routes to careers within different parts of KPMG.
With an initial offering of 110 places nationally, KPMG360° will launch in September 2015 in the Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester offices. This programme has been developed to offer industry leading qualifications recognised by the Government’s Accounting / Taxation Technician and Professional Accountant Trailblazer Standards.
Speaking at the event David Gauke, Financial Secretary to the Treasury said: “I am delighted to be here today for the launch of KPMG’s new apprenticeship scheme. Apprenticeships are extremely valuable for young people from all backgrounds to gain entry to professions they are passionate about without having to go down the university route. Apprenticeships should be viewed on a par with academic routes, and this scheme is a decisive step towards that.”
Marianne Fallon, UK head of corporate affairs said: “KPMG’s success depends on recruiting the best people from the widest possible talent pool. Many professional services firms already have programmes in place to help drive greater social mobility. KPMG360° is a bolder move to ensure the long-term diversity of the Professional Services sector. We need young people from all parts of our communities. That will help us see our clients and our own organisation from different angles, allowing us to grow and add even greater value.
“This programme will enable young people and new entrants to discover where their passion and potential for business meet. Increasingly, young people do not want to be pigeon-holed into a career at the age of 18. They want the freedom to discover opportunities before making an informed choice. KPMG360° will provide that freedom of choice within the Professional Services industry. As one of the Government’s Social Mobility Business Compact Champions, we want to help young people fulfil their potential and succeed in a company that they would not otherwise necessarily have the opportunity to join.”
Minimum academic entry requirements for KPMG360° is set at A Level grades BCC (or equivalent), 5 GCSE’s Grades A-C, including English and Maths (or equivalent). To apply for the programme please visit: www.kpmgcareers.co.uk/school-leavers.
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Candidates will be offered a full time role within KPMG from day one and may opt to follow the programme for between three to six years, depending on the career path the individual chooses. The programme offers a foundation year with rotations through Audit, Tax, Advisory and Technology. In years two and three, Candidates will study towards a Technician Level qualification while gaining further experience across a variety of areas of KPMG. During this time, the Candidate will have the opportunity to discover where their future interest and potential exist within the firm. Finally in year’s three to six, Candidates will specialise in either Audit, Tax, Advisory or Technology and study towards a Professional Level qualification, which includes many of the Chartered qualifications currently offered to graduate trainees. Candidates who do not progress to the Professional Level will be offered opportunities to continue their employment in a technician role. On completion of the Professional Level, Candidates would be eligible for promotion to Assistant Manager, in line with graduate trainees.
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 12,000 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.9 billion in the year ended September 2014. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 162,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
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