KPMG UK has announced that two more
universities and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
(ICAS) have joined its school leavers programme.

KPMG’s programme secured the collaboration of
Durham University and the Institute of Chartered Accountants for
England and Wales in January, when it was first launched. The Big
Four firm said 5,000 students have already registered interest for
the six year programme intended for A-level students, which will
include paid tuition fees for a business degree, an accountancy
qualification and a starting annual salary of £20,000.

Exeter and Birmingham University have joined
the scheme just days before the application process is due to
start. Only Durham and Exeter will be offering places for 2011.

In January KPMG said it is expecting to offer
75 places in 2011, but the firm predicts the programme may account
for the majority off its 400 annual trainee chartered accountant
intake in the future.

School leavers in the UK will be able to apply
to the programme from 10 March.