KPMG welcomes government apprenticeship to drive social mobility in accountancy

Commenting on the publication of the Accountancy Standards for phase two of Government’s Apprenticeship Trailblazer initiative, Michael Walby, Director of Professional Qualification Training at KPMG said :

KPMG welcomes the new Apprenticeship Standards which will provide new and exciting workplace routes into the accountancy profession for people from a wide range of backgrounds. As a major employer of young people we are hugely proud to have participated in the development of these standards and we are committed to building an engaging Apprenticeship Programme that aligns to them.

“If we are going to help more young people to access rewarding jobs they need to come to the workforce equipped with the skills that employers require in their businesses.  To address the skills shortage in the UK it is vital that policy makers empower employers to guide the training and vocational education that students have access to. The Trailblazer Standards for Professional Accounting Technician and Professional Accountant define the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required by a fully competent apprentice, and provide a framework for apprentices that lead to valuable, transferable qualifications, relevant for employers.  As a progressive employer we welcome the fact that businesses are able to individually set their entry requirements for both Accountancy Standards, to encourage applications from school leavers with a wide diversity of academic achievement.” 

Skills Minister Nick Boles added: “I’m delighted that KPMG has developed a new apprenticeship standard in Accountancy as part of the  Apprenticeship Trailblazer initiative.

“Since 2010 there have been 1.8 million apprenticeship starts and KPMG are leading by example in the development and delivery of high quality apprenticeships that give people the chance of successful careers and help businesses get the skills they need to grow.”

KPMG has recruited over 1100 students via it’s graduate, school leaver and apprentice schemes in 2014