Liam Lands Degree Apprenticeship With KMPG

Eighteen-year-old, Princethorpe College student, Liam Jarrett, is celebrating after being awarded a Finance and Accountancy degree apprenticeship with one of the big four accountancy firms. The Upper Sixth Former, who is studying for A-levels in Economics, Geography and Law, went up against hundreds of hopefuls and came out on top bagging one of the much sought after apprenticeship places at leading firm, KMPG.

KPMG’s 360º Apprenticeship Scheme is run in conjunction with a number of top universities for three or six years. During the first three years, Liam will rotate around KPMG’s audit, tax and advisory teams whilst attending Birmingham University on a day release scheme. After that he can then choose to specialise and study for a professional qualification such as the ACA, the ICAEW’s chartered accountant qualification.

The big four accountancy firms are leading the way in recruiting bright, ambitious school-leavers who want to launch their careers early rather than go on to further study at university. They claim that 18-year-olds who start work straight after their A-levels are often more focused and motivated than graduates who join in their early twenties.

Liam certainly has a ‘can-do’ and tenacious attitude having completed an online application, psychometric tests and an audio interview before being invited to an assessment centre where he undertook group exercises, written tasks and had a further in-depth hour-long interview.

Liam commented, “To be offered this opportunity with such a well-regarded company is a dream come true and I am determined to make the most of it. I know I will be learning every day and gaining invaluable hands on experience.”

Added Jacqui Quinney, Princethorpe Head of Careers, “This is amazing news for Liam. His degree apprenticeship will develop invaluable skills that will certainly help him with his future career. Many of the top accountancy firms are recruiting degree apprentices and these make an excellent career choice for aspiring school leavers.”