KPMG’s Birmingham office at One Snow Hill has welcomed its inaugural intake of ten apprentices.

The recruits are part of the KPMG360° programme, which offers students a variety of routes to careers within different parts of the firm.

The scheme enables the new recruits the opportunity to explore their options and choose the role that suits them best.

Birmingham’s ten apprentices join another 100, who will be working from other KPMG offices across the UK.

KPMG360° was introduced to recruit and develop future talent from a wide variety of societal backgrounds, using the Government’s Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards.

KPMG360° offers school and college leavers a full-time role with practical experience, a competitive salary and the opportunity to work towards professional qualifications.

The 360° scheme is rotational across KPMG’s diverse internal functions and lasts between three and six years, dependent on an individual’s personal aspirations.

Samantha Bench, one of the apprentices joining KPMG’s Birmingham office, said: “KPMG’s 360° programme offers an amazing opportunity to experience all aspects of KPMG, giving me a broad and in-depth knowledge across all areas.

“I feel that by joining the programme I am gaining a real advantage at the start of my career, which I haven’t seen within any other company I’ve considered.”

Mike Steventon, Midlands regional chair at KPMG, said: “We’re hugely excited to welcome our first intake of apprentices onto the KPMG360 programme here in Birmingham.

“We know that young people don’t want to be pigeon-holed into a career at the age of 18 – instead they want the freedom to discover opportunities before making an informed choice.

“Offering them the option to rotate around the firm will encourage them to choose the career that best suits them, one that they will excel in.”