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December 2, 2019updated 28 Jan 2021 9:21am

KPMG UK launches new audit only apprenticeship

By Joe Pickard

KPMG UK has launched an audit only apprenticeship scheme, with c140 places available for school leavers.

The apprenticeship is a five year programme and gives the apprentices the opportunity to work towards a Level 7 ACA or CA certification, qualifying them as an auditor upon completion.

The launch follows a pilot scheme which has been running over the last 12 months and has involved 70 apprentices joining the firm.

KPMG UK head of audit Jon Holt said: “Starting out in audit is a great career choice as it provides a broad education into how a business works. Our apprentices will be learning every day through working with experienced auditors and our structured in-house learning and development programmes.

“No two days will be the same as they help us run the rule over a large variety of different organisations across global markets, from the biggest multinationals through to innovative start-ups. Advances in new technology such as AI, blockchain and predictive analytics are fundamentally changing how we work and the sort of skills we’re looking for.”

“Strong numeracy is still hugely important; but we also look beyond academic achievement alone and focus on potential. We are seeking those with natural curiosity, independent thinking and a keen eye for detail. If you feel you fit the bill and are looking for a rewarding career in a global organisation, we want to hear from you.”

KPMG apprentice said: ““I chose to do an apprenticeship at KPMG because I wanted to get stuck in and gain practical experience at a large global organisation. I knew university wasn’t for me, and by exploring different apprenticeships in a number of UK businesses I found that the KPMG programme was the best fit for my personal career path.

“I've certainly developed a lot of skills in my time so far at KPMG, through using new technology and by meeting diverse groups of clients and colleagues.”

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