KPMG launches six-year training scheme to turn school leavers into accountants

KPMG will pay the tuition fees of up to 100 school leavers joining its new degree programme this September.

KPMG launches six-year training scheme to turn school leavers into accountants

Within a few years, the company hopes to recruit more than 400 school leavers annually.
The accounting giant said the scheme was a “blueprint” for employers to support teenagers faced with rising fees, while helping to devise a vocational course relevant to the world of work.
Durham University, which will run the four-year degree with KPMG, confirmed it was in talks with other major employers in the insurance and banking sector to launch a similar scheme.

KPMG is working with 20 schools in disadvantaged areas to recruit between 75 and 100 18 year-olds on to its BSc in Accounting this September. The pupils will undergo a further two years post-degree training to gain professional accountancy qualifications. School teachers have begun identifying pupils from a young age who might be suited to the scheme.

However, the degree is not exclusive to disadvantaged teenagers and anyone will be able to apply from next month.

Within a few years, the company hopes to recruit more than 400 school leavers annually. It is also exploring whether to widen the course to include languages or travelling abroad to develop skills.

KPMG plans to recruit 800 graduates in addition to the school pupils this year, although it admitted the traditional scheme would be cut back in future to redirect money.

Source: The Telegraph, 7 Feb 2011 (Nicki)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/8258256/KPMG-launches-six-year-training-scheme-to-turn-school-leavers-into-accountants.html

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