KPMG has announced the launch of a new apprenticeship programme, KPMG360°, for which it searches 110 advisors across the UK with a wide variety of backgrounds. The selected apprentices will follow a three to six year programme, gaining work experience while getting paid.
KPMG recently announced a new apprenticeship programme, KPMG360°, to recruit and develop the “next generation of rounded business advisors”. For the scheme, which will be launched in September 2015, the firm is looking to hire 110 apprentices from a wide variety of backgrounds across its offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester.
Selected candidates will be offered a full time role within KPMG to gain practical experience while getting paid and working towards professional qualifications. The qualifications to be earned are recognised by the Government’s Apprenticeship Trailblazer Standards, set up to make apprenticeships more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers. The 360° programme lasts three to six years, depending on the career path the individual chooses.
“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,” explains Marianne Fallon, UK Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG.
For consulting firms, apprenticeships are an excellent method for finding and nurturing future talent while providing students an alternative option to the traditional university route towards a degree and the development of skills. In addition to KPMG, Capgemini recently announced the launch of a new apprenticeship scheme and is looking for 65 students, Capita is looking for 10 engineering apprentices in 2015 for its new programme, and Atos recently announced a recruitment drive for 100 apprentices for its Atos Apprenticeship Scheme.