Apprenticeship Programmes: KPMG Discovery

Our KPMG Discovery Programmes have been designed specifically with students like you in mind – bright, ambitious and enthusiastic. As well as giving you the chance to gain invaluable work experience in the professional services industry, it’ll give you an excellent insight into one of the world’s leading business advisory firms, the work we do, the industries we work in and the big issues facing our clients.

At KPMG, your future is every bit as important to us as it is to you. That’s why our aim is to provide you with experiences that stay with you for a lifetime. 

We’re proud of our culture here. It’s one that recognises hard work, encourages new ways of thinking and embraces inclusion and diversity. We have an innovative spirit that inspires what we do and how we do it. Over the course of the programme, we hope you’ll share in that spirit and become a key part of our business.

To learn more about our Discovery Programmes, explore our opportunities below.

KPMG Discovery Week

Our KPMG Discovery Week gives you the chance to gain invaluable work experience in the professional services industry, it’ll give you an excellent insight into one of the world’s leading professional services  firms, the work we do, the industries we work in and the big issues facing our clients.

Whichever office you choose to join, the KPMG Discovery Week will allow you to develop the skills you need to build a successful career. During the programme you will undertake a series of interactive business challenges, skills workshops and research tasks designed to develop some of the key skills needed to thrive at KPMG.  You will also have the opportunity to meet and hear presentations from KPMG employees across the business, work shadow and see the type of work our employees undertake on a day-to-day basis.

Who is it for?

Our Discovery programme is for students in Year 12/ S5 or Year 13 / S6 who have a strong desire to learn and are interested in a career at a firm such as KPMG. We’re looking for people who want to take the early steps towards their future career, as well as discovering more about themselves.

Investing in the future

Students on the Discovery Week will be eligible to fast track through the application process for KPMG360°, KPMG360° Digital, KPMG360° Business Services or KPMG Audit Apprenticeship Programmes (subject to meeting the required academic requirements.)


‘I attended the Discovery Week in Birmingham in July and really enjoyed my week at KPMG.I feel that it has benefited me hugely, as I received a real insight into the career path that I strive to follow. Speaking to the recruitment team made me feel very welcome and I felt that KPMG was a great place to work, with a lovely atmosphere. I look forward to the application process for the 360 Apprenticeship programme. Having been educated on the programme during the week, it has fuelled my desire to become successful in achieving my goal of securing a KPMG apprenticeship.’ - 2018 Birmingham Discovery Student

Access Accountancy

Please note you will need to meet Access Accountancy criteria in order to make an application to the KPMG Discovery week.

This initiative makes it easier for young people from low income families to access the accountancy profession. With that in mind, we will only be accepting applications from people who meet the following Access Accountancy criteria.

You will need to:

Attend state school or college AND

  • Be eligible (or have been eligible) for free school meals (or attend a school with ‘above regional average’ free school meals.) OR
  • Your immediate family did not attend University

Where and when does the programme run?

KPMG Discovery Week runs throughout the summer in our Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and London KPMG offices.
Please note when applying the expectation is that you are available to attend the whole duration of the programme in your chosen location, if your application is successful.

At a glance

Location Manchester: 29th July – 2nd August 2019
Birmingham: 29th July – 2nd August 2019
London: 5th August – 9th August 2019
Edinburgh: 5th August – 9th August 2019
Length of programme 5 days
What you’ll get out of it The perfect chance to discover if KPMG is the place for you. Through work shadowing and business games, you’ll get a ‘first taste’ of what it’s like to work in the professional services industry. You’ll also develop key business skills through taking part in our interactive skills sessions.
Standard entry requirements (UK) 5 GCSEs Grades A*-C or 4 -9, or equivalent (including Maths, English and ideally ICT; although this isn’t essential)*.
Deadline for applications Recruitment is on a rolling basis. Apply early to avoid disappointment.
Remuneration Unpaid, however reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed and you will receive a lunch allowance.

*Please note if you are interested in submitting a future application to our KPMG360°, KPMG360° Digital, KPMG360° Business Services, KPMG Software Engineering or Audit Apprenticeship Programme, you will need to meet minimum academic criteria for these programmes. The minimum academic requirements listed above are for our KPMG360° Business Services Apprenticeship Programme. For further information please visit KPMG Academic Requirements.

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