Our Forensic team helps clients protect their businesses by reducing reputational risk and commercial loss. Combining accounting investigation, technology and industry skills, we come in where facts and figures don’t agree, or where behaviour doesn’t comply with expectations or regulations. Through investigations and compliance, fraud risk management, corporate intelligence, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, and dispute advisory services, we help to diffuse challenging situations.

Our 3 year Forensic Intensive Graduate Programme is designed to build your commercial and business awareness across the Forensic practice. It also provides the opportunity to study towards the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales qualification (ACA). You'll receive structured internal training and opportunities to help clients across a variety of sectors and services. 

The Intensive Programme is KPMG’s front-loaded, classroom-based ACA product which focuses on upskilling trainees more quickly. This means that for the first 12 months of your training contract you will solely focus on passing 14 out of 15 ACA exams, and come into the business on two work experience placements. One is a structured, 6 week work experience placement during the first quarter of the calendar year after you join, and the second comes after you have completed your 14 exams. The 3 main training hubs for the Intensive Programme are London, Birmingham and Manchester. Regardless of the selected home office, you will be expected to relocate to one area in order to dedicate the time to attend the programme for the first 12 months.

The programme gives you opportunity to build skills and experience in one of our specialist areas:

  • Investigations and Compliance - this is the largest team within Forensic, often working with clients in sensitive and complex environments to conduct an independent investigation.
  • Dispute Advisory Services (DAS) - the team helps prevent and resolve commercial disputes by supporting our clients to assess damages and resolve accounting, audit and finance-related issues.
  • Contract Compliance - KPMG helps clients to increase their visibility of the third party’s compliance with the complex contractual terms and conditions in place, and supports them in exercising their contractual rights.

Like our clients, we're having to adapt. This means new working patterns, physical adjustments in our offices and new ways of interacting with our colleagues as well as the organisations we work with - we are harnessing technology to help underpin this change.

Programme summary

Programme overview

Capability: Consulting

Programme length: 3 years

Qualifications: ACA

Entry requirements

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

  • Minimum Grade B GCSE* Maths
  • Minimum Grade B GCSE* English Language
  • Minimum of 128 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 Intensive Programme is KPMG's front-loaded, classroom-based ACA product which focuses on upskilling trainees more quickly. This means that for the first 12 months of your training contract you will solely focus on passing 14 out of 15 ACA exams and come into the business on 2 work experience placements. One is a structured, 6 week work experience placement during the first quarter of the calendar year after you join, and the second comes after you have completed your 14 exams.

This product allows you to focus purely on your professional qualification in your first year. In the remaining 2 years of your training contract you can concentrate on building up a fantastic range of work experience (with only one exam left to complete) and will have the technical knowledge to apply within the workplace. The entire programme is supported by a wide range of mechanisms that will be applied by your tuition provider or KPMG when you require them, but due to the intense pace of the programme you will need to be really dedicated in your approach to learning.

The 3 main training hubs for the Intensive Programme are London, Birmingham and Manchester. Regardless of the selected home office, you will be expected to relocate to one area in order to dedicate the time to attend the programme for the first 12 months.

The impact of COVID-19 on professional qualifications:

The vast majority of KPMG’s staff undertaking a professional qualification were able to continue with their studies and examinations following the COVID-19 pandemic, including those studying with the ICAEW. We expect studies to be back to our usual mix of classroom and remote learning detailed above for our 2021 intake, and exams to be scheduled normally.

Additional important information

Due to the intensive nature of the programme, holiday dates are mandated during the initial 12 months of the programme to fit in with the study and exam schedule – with no exceptions.

If you have undertaken or are in the process of completing a professional/accountancy qualification then you may not be eligible to apply. For more information click here.

Whilst you will apply to a specific office location, you will likely be required to work flexibly across the region, at KPMG offices, client sites and with varying levels of home working.

Case study

Hannah
Forensic | London

Hannah

This job actually didn’t cross my mind until I read about the scheme online. It looked really varied, something that wouldn’t be the same thing day in, day out.

Then KPMG came to Durham and I met some of their grads. You couldn’t fail to notice how they genuinely enjoyed their jobs. They talked about the friendly environment, how they were still learning. When I compared that to other people I knew, it seemed really different, in a positive way.

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