KPMG invests in software engineering degree apprenticeship

KPMG plans to expand its software engineering degree apprenticeship, quadrupling the number of applicants, as the firm embarks on a drive to train more engineers to support its technology team

The expanded scheme will offer 21 places and will enable aspiring engineers to gain a BSc honours degree in digital and technology solutions from Queen Mary University London, while working alongside KPMG’s experts and earning a wage.

KPMG successfully piloted the programme in 2018, initially offering five places.

While they study, the apprentices will work in KPMG’s financial services technology team and gain valuable industry experience. The team advises a wide range of clients, from start-ups, to established tech companies and financial institutions. It helps businesses move their customer service and account monitoring operations to the cloud, as well as providing advice on regulatory compliance.

The team has doubled in size to over 400 members over the last five years, with growth driven by client demand, as businesses invest in new technology to improve their efficiency and support their growth plans.

William Sceats, director in financial services tech enablement at KPMG, and lead for the programme said: ‘Competition for engineering talent is fierce - we are not only competing with other professional services firms, but against global tech giants and new start-ups. This scheme offers new recruits something different: the chance to train both in engineering and financial regulation, which is something the majority of our tech competitors can’t offer.

‘You don’t have to be a tech expert to join this programme, we are looking for individuals that are passionate, resilient and keen to learn, and the rest will be taught on the job, proving this is a great opportunity for school leavers who have an interest in forging out a career in technology.’

Mario Ndokaj, apprentice in KPMG’s banking technology team, joined the pilot scheme last year and primarily been working on one of KPMG’s largest financial projects to date, moving the ledger services of one of the UK’s most prominent banks to the cloud.

‘I started the programme learning what technologies KPMG uses as well as how they work and it’s been a learning curve from there. I’ve progressed from building and provisioning resources and have moved on to coding and programming software alongside my colleagues.

‘I’ve also been focussing on the skills all employers look for such as confidence, networking and being able to easily adapt to anything the day throws at you. I’ve enjoyed the whole experience, from meeting different and interesting people both at university and work, to contributing to projects which have a positive impact in the real world,’ Ndokaj said.

By Pat Sweet

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