KPMG reveals plans for a new apprenticeship programme

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.

With an initial offering of 110 places nationally, KPMG360° will launch in September 2015 in the Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester offices.

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.