KPMG UK is to double its school leaver intake in 2012. The firm’s six-year school leavers’ programme was launched earlier this year and includes paid tuition for an accountancy degree, an accountancy qualification, a job and an annual salary.
“At a time when many young people, graduates included, are finding it difficult to gain employment, this programme represents a credible alternative to mainstream university education and provides an attractive route into employment for talented students,” KPMG head of audit Oliver Tant said.
Over 90 students have places on the scheme so far. School leavers can choose to study at the University of Durham or the University of Exeter. From September 2012 applicants will also have the option of studying at the University of Birmingham.
KPMG said they are committed to widening access into the accounting profession. Two-thirds of school leavers are from state schools or further education colleges compared to around half of graduates employed by KPMG.
“This KPMG programme provides new opportunities to enter a rewarding profession for people from a wide range of backgrounds. It is a great example of industry investing in the talents of bright young Britons,” secretary of state for business Vince Cable said.