KPMG’s 2017 recruitment drive has seen a 40% increase in the number of apprenticeship hires, up from 129 in 2016 to 181 this year, and bringing the total number of young people recruited into the firm’s apprenticeship schemes to 387
Kathryn Roberts, apprenticeship programmes lead at KPMG in the UK said: ‘Over the last three years our apprenticeship schemes have become an increasingly important part of our recruitment strategy. We believe that recruiting a combination of graduates and apprentices encourages a wide range of people with different skills and experiences to join us – all of which contributes to the diversity of thought we are able to bring to our clients.’
Two thirds of KPMG’s new apprentice roles (118) will be based in regional offices as the firm continues to invest heavily in its regional business.
Roberts said: ‘A central component of expanding our schemes involves making different locations – such as Southampton, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Cambridge – available to our apprentices, ensuring we are able to access previously untapped talent pools around the country.’
Of the current recruits, 150 of the new apprentices will join the six-year KPMG 360° apprenticeship programme, which sees them gain experience working across all areas of the firm, including audit, tax and advisory, before choosing to specialise in a particular area. A successful apprentice who completes the programme in full will progress to sit their professional qualification and will be qualified to exactly the same levels as their graduate colleagues.
The remaining new recruits will join the KPMG 360° business services programme, which accredits apprentices to level three in business administration and allows students to experience working across the firm in administrative roles, facilities and creative design.
Report by Pat Sweet