"We decided to support a UNSW Women in Engineering Scholarship because we want to inspire more female students to pursue engineering careers, and support them to do this,” explains David Linke, National Managing Partner – Tax, KPMG. “We are looking for increasing numbers of engineering graduates to join, not just our advisory divisions, but also our audit, tax and legal divisions. The scholarship is an ideal way to support female students while raising awareness of KPMG as an employer of choice for UNSW engineering graduates,” he continues.
Richard Marrison, Partner in Charge, Technology at KPMG, says it was an easy decision to make because UNSW Engineering is considered one of the best in Australia. “Through this relationship, we’ll be able to build strong relationships with prospective graduate employees, but, importantly, also guide these scholars in real world learning experiences,” he says.
KPMG’s National Managing Partner for People, Performance & Culture, Susan Ferrier, explains that supporting this initiative is just part of a wider organisational push to foster diversity of thought and a culture of inclusion. “We know that it is our ideas, our different perspectives and experiences that ensure we create innovative client solutions and build stronger client relationships. The bottom line is, it’s not just the right thing to do, it makes good business sense,” Ferrier says.
"Initiatives like this align with our diversity and inclusion strategy and have a tangible effect on the sustainability and profitability of our firm,” she continues.