Jessica Fino 5 Jan 2018 03:42pm

KPMG launches digital degree apprenticeship

KPMG has launched a new digital degree apprenticeship, aimed at preparing the next generation of tech experts

The accountancy firm said the apprenticeship, called KPMG360° Digital, will be a four-year programme combining on-the-job work experience with the opportunity to gain a BSc degree from BPP University in digital and technology solutions.

Students will not be required to pay any fees as the degree is fully funded by the firm, and they will be earning a salary at the same time.

The programme will be based in London, Manchester and Leeds, where students will have a chance to work across the firm’s technology solutions, cyber security and forensic services.

They will get the chance to work on new technologies such as cloud, data analytics and artificial intelligence alongside KPMG’s experts.

During the first two years, apprentices will undertake an induction programme and will have regular training sessions. They will also rotate between different areas of KPMG’s technology function while beginning the digital and technology solutions degree.

In the third and four years, students will choose from a range of specialisms, such as IT consultant, business analyst, network engineer, cyber security analyst, software engineer or data analyst.

Those who are successful will work towards a permanent role at the end of the programme.

Anna Purchas, head of people for KPMG in the UK said, “For those joining the KPMG360° Digital degree apprenticeship, the programme allows trainees to not only gain a degree but also to acquire valuable on the job experience. In addition we provide learning and development opportunities which are essential for both personal and professional growth.

“Technological change provides an opportunity to enhance the services we offer, but this cannot be done unless the skills of our workforce match the investment we are making in new technology.”

KPMG said there are vacancies available in Leeds and Manchester for a September start.

The KPMG360° apprenticeship scheme was first announced in 2015, initially offering 110 places across Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester offices. The programme later expanded with KPMG360° Digital, KPMG360° Business Services and KPMG Discovery.

KPMG announced in September it increased its apprenticeship hires by 40%, after recruiting 181 new apprentices in 2017.