KPMG seeks 110 apprentices for new programme

08 May 2015

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 seeks 110 apprentices

“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.


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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now,, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”