KPMG has announced plans to expand its Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship.
KPMG has announced plans to expand its Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, as the firm embarks on a drive to train more engineers to support its burgeoning technology team. Digital and technology apprenticeships are proving critical in ensuring the firm develops the skills it needs to meet its clients’ complex challenges.
The expanded scheme will offer 21 places and will enable aspiring engineers to gain a BSc honours degree in Digital and Technology Solutions from Queen Mary University London, whilst working alongside KPMG’s experts and earning a wage. KPMG successfully piloted the programme in 2018, initially offering 5 places.
While they study, the apprentices will work in KPMG’s financial services technology team and gain valuable industry experience. The team advises a wide range of clients, from start-ups, to established tech companies and financial institutions. It helps businesses move their customer service and account monitoring operations to the cloud, as well as providing advice on regulatory compliance.
The team has doubled in size to over 400 members over the last five years, with growth driven by client demand, as businesses invest in new technology to improve their efficiency and support their growth plans.
William Sceats, director in Financial Services Tech Enablement at KPMG, and lead for the programme commented: “This investment will enable us to train the next generation of experts our clients need. Competition for engineering talent is fierce - we are not only competing with other professional services firms, but against global tech giants and new start-ups. This scheme offers new recruits something different: the chance to train both in engineering and financial regulation, which is something the majority of our tech competitors can’t offer.
“Apprentices on the programme will have the opportunity to earn a degree at one of the world’s leading universities, whilst developing a wealth of industry knowledge and getting paid to do so. The trainees will work with our experts to develop and implement software, whilst getting to grips with coding, programing and financial regulation. They will work in teams such as our in house Connected Customer team, where they will develop digital solutions to improve customer experience. You don’t have to be a tech expert to join this programme, we are looking for individuals that are passionate, resilient and keen to learn, and the rest will be taught on the job, proving this is a great opportunity for school leavers who have an interest in forging out a career in technology.”
Mario Ndokaj, apprentice in KPMG’s Banking Technology Team, said: “I joined the scheme on the pilot last year because I wanted the opportunity to learn on the job with some of the best tech experts in the field, whilst also studying for a degree. So far I’ve primarily worked on one of KPMG’s largest financial projects to date, moving the ledger services of one of the UK’s most prominent banks to the cloud. I started the programme learning what technologies KPMG uses as well as how they work and it’s been a learning curve from there. I’ve progressed from building and provisioning resources and have moved on to coding and programming software alongside my colleagues.
“I’ve also been focussing on the skills all employers look for such as confidence, networking and being able to easily adapt to anything the day throws at you. I’ve enjoyed the whole experience, from meeting different and interesting people both at university and work, to contributing to projects which have a positive impact in the real world.“
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Angela Pink, KPMG Corporate Communications
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 16,300 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a revenue of £2.338 billion in the year ended 30 September 2018. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 154 countries and has 200,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.