School and College Leaver Programmes: Business Support Academy

The Business Support Academy (BSA) offers a hands-on, blended-learning approach and experience to work and study.

It is a 15 month apprenticeship programme across KPMG Business Services. As a new apprentice you will be fully supported throughout the programme with guidance from the BSA programme team, our KPMG Professional Qualification Team and the external training provider BPP. After completing your training, you’ll be ready to join us as a permanenet member of the team.

The BSA offers an alternative entry route into our business, and is open to students who have completed their GCSEs or National 5 qualifications.

"We believe the Business Support Academy provides a unique opportunity for young people to fulfil their potential and succeed in a professional environment that they may not have thought they had an opportunity to join through conventional means. The issue of supporting youth employment remains fundamental in society, therefore we have continued to work closely with BPP and the National Apprenticeship Service to continue to grow and develop our scheme to ensure it is an opportunity for a wide and diverse group of young talent."

Tricia Madden - Head of Business Support

How is the programme structured?

The programme offers you the chance to obtain the Level 3 Advanced NVQ qualification in Business Administration. Please note, that there may be some module variation dependent on where in Central Services you are located and your specific role. 

The learning approach we offer is a virtual classroom method, with monthly visits from a BPP Learning Assessor and a virtual platform to offer tools and mechanisms for your complete learning path. The NVQ qualification will consist of written assessments and multiple choice test at the end of the programme.

I’m interested. How do I apply?

Start by reviewing this site in more detail to make sure KPMG and this programme is right for you. Once you’re ready to apply, you’ll need to follow this step by step process:

First up is the online application, where you tell us about your academic background, experiences and interests. You’ll also be asked to answer three short questions. 

If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an assessment centre in the office to which you’ve applied, which will include an interview and some written exercises. There will also be a creative task for Graphics Operator roles only

Who are we looking for?

The Business Support Academy will ensure you gain valuable insights and skills that may be helpful in the future. We would like motivated and creative young people who are interested in building a career at KPMG.

We will help you build a fantastic career with us and gain a qualification on completion of the programme. 


Applications for the 2017 programme are not yet open. We encourage all students who are interested in 2017 positions to stay in touch with us by joining our Smart Network.

At a glance

When does it start? Early October 2017
Length of the programme 15 months
Locations England: Birmingham; Bristol; Leeds; Liverpool; London; Manchester; Newcastle, Nottingham, Preston; Reading and Watford. Scotland: Aberdeen
Standard entry requirements (UK) 5 GCSEs grades A*-C - including English, Maths and ideally ICT (although this is not essential) or equivalent. You must have the right to work in the UK.
Standard entry requirements (Scotland) A minimum of five Scottish Standards at grades 1-3, for both Maths and English (or equivalent Intermediate 2/National 5 qualifications). You must have the right to work in the UK.


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