Governance, Risk & Compliance Services (GRCS)

Graduate Programme

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On our 3-year Governance, Risk and Compliance Services (GRCS) Graduate Programme you’ll have the KPMG community by your side supporting you to develop and thrive with us. Through working with clients across a variety of sectors and structured training, you’ll build your commercial and financial awareness, as well as the skills you need to build the career you want.

If you are interested in understanding how businesses operate, the risks they face and how decisions are made, then our GRCS programme is for you. You’ll develop and refine specialist business and accounting skills whilst improving our clients’ governance, risk management and control environments. Working alongside a supportive team, you’ll provide clients with an unbiased and objective view using the consulting and assurance skills you develop. Looking beyond financial statements and risks, you’ll also consider client reputation, growth, environmental factors and the way they treat their employees.

On the programme you will help us provide valuable insight and commercial recommendations to our clients to support them in achieving their business objectives by conducting in-depth analysis of data and business processes. Our services incorporate: Internal Audit and Risk Assurance, and Governance, Risk and Compliance.

  • Internal Audit and Risk Assurance — independent assurance that an organisation's risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively.
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance — critical factors to businesses in a changing environment - as the landscape evolves, new risks and compliance requirements emerge.

You’ll also work toward a professional qualification, the ACA Accelerated qualification or CA equivalent in Scotland. The qualification gives you the chance to combine work and study over 3 years. Your programme might see you working in a specific industry sector or across a variety of industries, depending on the office you join. There’s also potential to gain broader Consulting experience, as your programme might include working with other teams in the wider Enterprise Risk space outside of the core GRCS service line, whilst still being relevant to your ACA qualification.

After completing your qualification, the learning and career opportunities continue. You can take the valuable technical skills, broad commercial understanding and in-depth knowledge of one or more industry sectors, to continue building an exciting and varied long-term career.

At KPMG, you’ll find that work is no longer a place we go, it's a contribution we make. Our people have always worked flexibly – so this way of working isn't new for us. We’re creating a tech-driven business to empower and equip our people to be outstanding in delivery, no matter where they work – through inspiring collaboration spaces and new technologies. In your role, you’ll work flexibly across your location region – at engagement sites, our offices and home.

Join us and be part of an inclusive team that’s supportive of individual wellbeing and embraces diversity – and the meaningful difference this has for our people, our firm, our clients and our communities. If you’re curious, resilient and agile you could thrive with us.

Programme summary

Programme overview

Capability: Consulting

Programme length: 3 years

Qualifications: ACA

What we look for

At KPMG, everyone brings a unique perspective, and we want to ensure that you have the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We want to discover your individual strengths and attributes to help us to know whether you’ll enjoy working here and how you’ll thrive. That’s why we operate an open access policy and an application process that will assess both your qualifications and your qualities.

Generally, you’ll be expected to demonstrate the following grades (*or equivalents), to show that you’re able to successfully study for professional qualifications. If you are a few grades or points short, we would still encourage you to apply, as your application will be reviewed together with your performance in our assessments. You‘ll also have the opportunity to provide additional information for us to assess your application and potential in the context of your socio-economic background and/or any extenuating circumstances, which may have a positive uplift on your academic achievements through contextual recruitment. You can find out more here.

  • GCSE Maths Grade 5 or B*
  • GCSE English Language Grade 5 or B*
  • 120 UCAS points* from your ‘top’ 3 A Level grades, excluding General Studies
  • 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline.

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 to empower you to grow in your own way, to feed your curiosity and embrace a growth mindset in an environment where learning is continuous. Therefore, we have created a rich curriculum and learning community to help you build your skills and fulfil your potential. This ranges from an immersive 5-day induction experience to help you transition to the world of work, formal training courses, leadership knowledge bites, learning journals, online courses and networking events – all aligned to our ‘learn for a lifetime’ strategy designed to help you gain an advantage for life.

In addition, in Governance, Risk & Compliance Services (GRCS), we offer the ACA or equivalent CA qualification. The Accelerated Programme is KPMG’s ACA offering. This is a front-loaded programme which uses innovative technology and is delivered via a blend of online and in-centre classroom courses. The ACA Accelerated programme enables you to upskill quickly, so you can make your mark. For the first year of your training contract, you will focus purely on your professional qualification, by completing 12 out of 15 ACA exams. You will also have opportunities to reconnect with your home department and peer group, as well as complete internal training and extra skills sessions. The entire programme is supported by a wide range of mechanisms that will be applied by your tuition provider (BPP) and KPMG’s dedicated Early Careers Development team.

If you join a Scottish office we support our equivalent CA qualification and therefore you will study towards your ICAS qualification. This newly designed programme enables you to sit the majority of the ICAS exams in your first year, provides you with innovative technology to support your learning experience and also enables you to upskill quickly. You will also have opportunities to reconnect with your home department and peer group, as well as complete internal training and extra skills sessions. The entire programme is supported by a wide range of mechanisms that will be applied by ICAS and KPMG’s dedicated Early Careers Development team.

For both programmes in the remaining two years of your training contract, you will concentrate on building up a fantastic range of work experience, complete your exams and will have the technical knowledge to apply to your role in the workplace. These programmes have been structured with you in mind and truly empowers you to accelerate your learning journey at KPMG.

Additional important information

Please visit our Applying to KPMG page to discover more about our application process.

Visit our International Students page to find out more about visas and requirements.

For anything else, please refer to our FAQ section.

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