KPMG’s Gatwick office has celebrated the graduation of Sammy Bunn, who joined the firm five years ago as part of the KPMG Audit School Leaver Programme and has achieved a 1st in his Accounting degree from the University of Exeter.
Sammy from Eastbourne was one of the first students to join KPMG’s Audit School Leaver Programme in 2011. The programme offers students, who have finished their A levels, the opportunity to study for an undergraduate degree at a top university part time whilst working at KPMG. The costs of university tuition and accommodation are paid in full by KPMG while and offering successful entrants a starting salary of around £20,000 (in London). On completion of the five year programme students graduate with a degree in Accounting and become a qualified Chartered Accountant with a prestigious Professional Body. Sammy recently became a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.
Commenting on his experience on KPMG’s Audit School Leaver Programme, Sammy said, “Joining the KPMG Audit School Leaver Programme enabled me to achieve a 1st class degree at a top university and enjoy a large part of the ‘uni experience’ – without incurring significant student debts. I have now since completed all of my professional accounting exams to become a qualified Charted Accountant within 5 years of leaving school, which is a shorter route than a traditional graduate.
“There have been some very busy and challenging times but I have genuinely found the experience hugely interesting, largely down to working with some amazing people both at KPMG and our clients.
“For those interested in finance I honestly believe this programme is an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable work experience at a top Professional Services firm whilst earning a competitive salary.”
David Bywater, Senior Partner for KPMG in the South East added, “We are absolutely delighted at Sammy’s success and his well-deserved 1st class degree. Talented, hardworking people are at the heart of our business and our Audit School Leaver programme is a great way of widening our talent pool and attracting students who don’t want to start their working lives under a mountain of student debt.
“Sammy is an incredibly hardworking individual and we are excited to have him on board with us in our Gatwick office. I know he has a great career ahead of him and I am looking forward to watching his progression with us in the future.”
The firm has recently launched KPMG360º – a new three or six year Apprenticeship Programme for school/college leavers who have completed A Levels (or equivalent). The programme allows apprentices to rotate around KPMG, gaining varied work experience and professional qualifications.
The programme begins with the one year Foundation Level, where we lay the ground work for the apprentice’s career at KPMG. Apprentices rotate around Audit, Tax and Advisory, and complete the AAT Level Three qualification. Additional training focuses on bridging the gap between college and the world of work, building core skills such as resilience, collaboration and making an impact.
Upon completion of the Foundation Level, apprentices progress to the two year Technician Level. Here, apprentices continue to rotate, but for longer periods, and study the AAT Level Four qualification. At the end of year three, apprentices can step off the programme and take on a role relevant to the skills and experience they have gained, or remain on the programme for a further three years, specialise and study for a Chartered Level qualification, at which point they are eligible for promotion to Assistant Manager.
KPMG360º offers a structured pathway to management positions and professional qualifications. We know that talented, hardworking people are at the heart of our business. So to celebrate their contributions, we’ve launched 'Our Deal'. At the core of 'Our Deal' is a commitment to nurture and develop talent. In addition to outstanding coaching and training, rewards include a competitive salary, preferential banking and mortgage rates, free travel insurance, and even your birthday off.
Upon completion of KPMG360º, trainees are eligible for promotion to Assistant Manager – there is no limit to how far an apprentice can progress within the organisation.