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KPMG UK launches new ‘audit only’ apprenticeship

Big Four’ firm KPMG has announced the launch of an apprenticeship programme designed specifically for the next generation of auditors.

The firm’s first ‘audit only’ apprenticeship has up 140 vacancies “up for grabs” to school leavers across its UK office network. Places on the five year programme will offer apprentices the chance to work towards a Level 7 ACA or CA certification – qualifying them as an auditor upon completion.

The launch follows a successful pilot which has been running over the last 12 months and has seen 70 new apprentices join the UK firm.

The new programme follows heightened investment in the firm’s audit practice with the addition of 1,000 experienced auditors and 1,000 graduates in 2019; the single biggest recruitment drive KPMG’s audit practice has ever seen.

KPMG head of audit, Jon Holt, said: “Starting out in audit is a great career choice as it provides a broad education into how a business works. Our apprentices will be learning every day through working with experienced auditors and our structured in-house learning and development programmes.”

He added: “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.

“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.”

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