Budding accountants may be interested to read that KPMG has extended its school leaver programme to include Exeter and Birmingham universities as well as Durham.
Applications for the programme have now gone live and more than 5,000 individuals have registered an interest.
Students whose applications are accepted for a degree at Birmingham or Exeter will study for the chartered accountants qualification run by ICAS, whilst those studying at Durham will get an ICAEW qualification.
Exeter and Durham will both take about 40 students as from this September and a similar number of places will be offered by the University of Birmingham in September 2012.
KPMG’s accounting programme will take six years to complete. During this time, students will obtain work experience, study for an honours degree and obtain a professional accountancy qualification. At the same time, they will receive a salary and have their tuition and accommodation while at university paid for.
A spokesman from KPMG said that the firm’s yearly trainee chartered accountant intake is currently over 400 and it hopes that eventually the majority of them will enter through the school leaver programme.
Head of Audit, Oliver Tant, said he was delighted that top class universities want to work with the firm. KPMG believes this to be a really ground-breaking model that will enable more people to enter the accountancy profession. The firm wants to encourage a more diverse intake and the scheme is a central part of that aim. The cost of further education is at the front of many people’s minds these days and the school leaver programme will enable students to obtain a first class qualification without breaking the bank.