Julia Irvine 3 Dec 2019 11:17am

KPMG to take on 140 audit apprentices

KPMG has launched an “audit only” apprenticeship scheme for school leavers – with 140 places up for grabs – following a successful pilot over the past 12 months

The scheme has been designed with the next generation of auditors in mind and forms part of the Big Four firm’s strategic investment in its audit practice, which this year has seen the recruitment of 1,000 experienced auditors and 1,000 graduate trainees.

Successful applicants to the apprenticeship scheme will spend five years working towards their Level 7 ACA or CA certification and qualification as auditors.

KPMG’s head of audit Jon Holt explained that the apprentices would learn through working with experienced auditors and the firm’s 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,” he said.

“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.”

He added that although strong numeracy remained “hugely important”, the firm would be looking for potential apprentices with “natural curiosity, independent thinking and a keen eye for detail”.

The pilot scheme attracted 70 school leavers to the firm who had decided against going to university, preferring to gain practical experience and start their careers at an earlier age.