The UK national education charity Future First has partnered with KPMG to offer a programme for students in London and Manchester aimed at improving their career confidence, boosting their job readiness and employability and providing them with an insight into jobs in financial services.

Under the programme, KPMG staff will return to their former state school or college as ambassadors of their firm to take part in workshops run by Future First designed to raise awareness of future career opportunities at KPMG.

Future First’s initiative will enable KPMG staff to develop their skills in volunteering with young people who would not normally expect to encounter such prospects and also provides the company with a diverse pipeline of entrants into the company.

Future First/YouGov polling shows that 70 per cent of 16 to 19-year-olds think it will be hard to get a job when they leave school or college and 39 per cent don’t know anyone in a job they would like to do.

Future First Chief Executive Officer Matt Lent said: “Young people cannot be what they cannot see. It is vital to open young people’s eyes to a world beyond their own and broaden their jobs horizons. Our KPMG partnership will enable students who aspire to a career in financial services to achieve what may otherwise have been impossible.”