Audit Empowered

Graduate Programme

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Audit is the largest of our UK practices and our teams provide independent insight, challenge, and high-quality audit expertise to organisations of all shapes and sizes. Our work in audit is all about examining organisations and ensuring their published accounts provide a 'true and fair' view of their financial position and results.

As a graduate trainee, you’ll have the chance to work on complex audit engagements and play a big part in our continuous improvement initiatives. You may be allocated to a specific industry sector or work across a variety of industries, dependent upon the regional office you join.

Audit relies on an investigative approach, and you’ll challenge and question to ensure high audit quality. The work is challenging, yet rewarding, and those who are resilient, agile and have a curious mindset will thrive, working alongside some of the brightest minds in business and the support this brings.

On this programme, you’ll study for the either the ACA or CA depending on office location. For those joining an office in Scotland we offer the ICAS (CA). Our Empowered (ACA) and ICAS (CA) Programme offers you the chance to work and study over the 3 years, near your KPMG office and follow blended work experience and study (classroom and online learning) towards your qualification, local to your home office location. Once completed, you’ll have gained valuable technical skills, a broad commercial understanding and in-depth knowledge of one or more industry sectors, all of which will empower you to build an exciting and varied long-term career with us in audit.

We’re reimagining how we work at KPMG. Our firm is creating a tech-driven business to empower and equip our people to be outstanding in delivery – through inspiring workspaces, innovative ways to collaborate and flexible ways of working. In your role, you’ll work flexibly across your location region – at KPMG offices, engagement sites and from home. Some travel will be required for work and because audit is seasonal, you can expect a greater workload at the busiest times of the year.

Join us and you’ll be part of an inclusive team that’s supportive of individual wellbeing and embraces diversity, and the positive impact this has on our business, the companies we audit and the community.

Programme summary

Programme overview

Capability: Audit

Programme length: 3 years

Qualifications: ACA or CA (Scotland)

Entry requirements

As a general rule, you’ll be expected to meet the following requirements (*or equivalents)

  • Minimum Grade 6 GCSE* Maths
  • Minimum Grade 6 GCSE* English Language
  • Minimum of 120 UCAS points* under the 2017 tariff point system at A Level
  • Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline

Please note, we only consider a candidate's 'top' 3 A-Level grades and do not accept General Studies.

At KPMG, we look at more than just your academic results. We will review your application, together with your performance in our assessments, to ensure that you have the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We will be considering your strengths and achievements alongside a number of other metrics, including technical background and/or experience, to ensure that you have the skills to succeed at KPMG.

Key skills

Throughout the recruitment process we will be looking to learn more about your strengths.

To be successful on this programme, you will be required to demonstrate the strengths that we look for in our graduates at KPMG.

Learn more about what we look for and how to apply here.

Training and development

The training and development of our people is critical to the future success of our business.  We want all of our trainees to embrace a growth mindset of learning every day, which is why we have created a rich curriculum and learning community to help trainees build their skills and fulfil their potential.  This ranges from an immersive 5-day induction experience, formal training courses, leadership knowledge bites, learning journals, online courses and networking events – all aligned to our life-long learning strategy and part of our overall student package.

In addition, in Audit, we currently offer either the ACA or CA depending on office location. For those joining an office in Scotland we offer the ICAS (CA). For other offices we offer different ACA routes that you will be able to select upon applying Intensive or Empowered.

The Empowered Programme is KPMG’s blended ACA product. Where the onus is on you to take ownership of your studies and help shape your learning. The programme uses innovative technology and is delivered via a blend of Online Classroom Live and Recorded courses plus in-centre classroom courses. This blended approach enables you to study and learn the content at a pace suited to your learning style, but ensures all are at the right technical level prior to stepping into revision elements so you can focus on your exam technique before the exam. The structure of the programme spreads the ACA examinations over the lifetime of the three year training contract so that you are able to build up your technical knowledge, and can gradually apply what you are learning in training to your workplace experience. Regardless of the ACA programme route you choose both have wrap around support which consists of dedicated professional coaches, online portal content and live and recorded additional study sessions, which means there is a form of support for your every need.

Additional important information

To review an example of an audited consolidated financial statement take a look at KPMG's published Annual Review.

In your role, you’ll work flexibly across your location region – at KPMG offices, engagement sites and from home.

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Rebecca

When I was considering where I wanted to start my career, I focused on finding somewhere that was committed to investing in their people.

After reading online and talking to people I know, KPMG’s name came up often. Their values came across to me when I met existing employees, and I felt that they took the time to find out more about me. It felt like a natural fit.

Ever since joining, I’ve had training on a very regular basis. It’s really well tailored to what stage you are in your progression and anticipates when you might be heading to the next level.

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