Sixth Former Ross Freeman has been offered a coveted apprenticeship with accountants KPMG. Successful applicants receive funding for their university degree and accommodation, a salary, plus employment with the firm, which will lead to chartered accountant status in six years.
Ross applied online for the KPMG Audit scheme that attracts hundreds of applications for around 180 places nationwide each year. Ross has been offered a place at the Birmingham office and he will study at Exeter University.
He said: ‘I am a real numbers and techie kind of person so the idea of it is perfect especially as many clients are abroad so the job will involve some travel. KPMG are only taking on 20 people at the office in Birmingham so the competition for places was intense.
‘After you apply you have to complete situational judgement tests which you have to pass to access the maths and English tests, before the company decides whether to interview you. The tests are incredibly hard and the firm want you to be more accurate than speedy.
‘During the first interview there is another test of your ability to pick out information and apply that to a business situation. For the second interview you have to prepare a presentation to give to a partner of the company. You get a lot of interviews where they just fire questions at you, but every interview with KPMG has included a lot of discussion so it has been more personal.’
Ross is studying IT, media and English language A Levels and his apprenticeship is dependent upon his grades this summer. He took part in the Young Enterprise business scheme last year and says that that experience has stood him in good stead for interviews: ‘I was marketing director and it was a nice role to have as it is applicable to business situations and was invaluable for team working.
‘I would recommend that other students take part in the scheme and also consider applying for the KPMG Audit apprenticeship. Gaining an apprenticeship leading to a job, a degree and professional qualification is an amazing opportunity and I am delighted to have been offered a place by such a prestigious company.’