Sid Welham and Lesley Gold explain how the KPMG Military Internship Programme works for veterans.
Why does KPMG have a Military Internship Programme?
Four years ago, Sid saw that KPMG could benefit from recruiting people with military experience. Many competitors and clients already had military recruitment programmes, and Sid thought that KPMG were missing out on some incredible talent. He therefore established the Military Internship Programme to attract and develop Veterans and reservists, so they are prepared for commercial careers.
How does the internship work?
Unlike most internship programmes, KPMG hires people as roles become available in the business. Instead of recruiting a set number of people to complete work experience programme, a person is hired to fulfil a specific role.
Opportunity not charity
The internship is not a handout to make life easier for Veterans and reservists, but is an opportunity for them to gain commercial skills and experiences. All participants are employed on a six-month contract, with a paid salary. This gives them sufficient time to learn the role, develop skills and make a genuine impact on the business. So far everyone who has completed the internship has successfully transitioned into a permanent position at KPMG.
Who is eligible to apply?
Anyone who served in the Armed Forces or is a reservist, and is looking for their first paid employment after leaving the military.