KPMG winners of best school-leaver programme at National Graduate Recruitment Awards

KPMG’s Student Recruitment team are delighted to have been presented with the best school-leaver programme award at this year’s TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. The team received the award from TV and radio presenter Jonathan Ross at a gala dinner at London’s Grosvenor Hotel on the 20th March.

KPMG’s school-leaver programme, and the education outreach programme “Access All Areas,” was up against stiff competition, including EY and Barclays. It was chosen for its “consistent development of the individual” and “real investment in the promotion of its initiatives to students in schools.”

The TARGETjobs Awards are the biggest graduate recruitment awards in the UK with the best school- leaver programme award judged by a panel of school leaver and industry professionals.


“‘Access All Areas’, now in its 3rd year, aims to build long-term partnerships with schools in a fresh new way that meets the needs of students from every walk of life,” explains Alison Heron who heads up the Student Recruitment team. “It targets students who don’t have professional services on their radar, or are put off from studying for a university degree by concerns about debt. The school-leaver programme then offers a full time job in Audit as well as an accounting degree at either Birmingham, Exeter or Durham University, paid tuition fees and the support to gain a chartered accountancy qualification.

“Access All Areas is promoting greater social mobility and attracting new emerging talent, particularly from disadvantaged areas and we are delighted to have been recognised with this award.”

KPMG has so far taken on 375 students onto the School and College Leaver Programme and plans to recruit another 150 this year.

Find out more about the KPMG School Leavers’ programme at Birmingham Business School.