Welsh Financial Services Graduate Programme

Start Date: 1st November 2015 - 31st August 2017

The Welsh Financial Services Graduate Programme, unique to Wales is a full-time EU funded programme designed and delivered by leading financial services employers who are seeking to develop a talent pool of professionals for the industry in Wales.

This highly sought after programme provides structured training in a wide range of professional roles, senior mentoring and a Masters qualification in Financial Services Management delivered by the University of South Wales.

Participating employers include Julian Hodge Bank, Principality Building Society, Admiral, Atradius, GM Financial, Finance Wales, Optimum Credit, Grant Thornton and Composite Legal Expenses

We are looking to recruit 10 bright, talented Welsh graduates who can demonstrate a passion and commitment to working within the financial services sector with the drive, personality and tenacity to successfully complete an intensive 22 months of work, training and academic study.

You will undertake 4 paid placements from November 2015 until August 2017 within the partner companies providing the opportunity to sample different cultures and a wide range of job roles such as risk/underwriting, commercial account management, product development, business analysis, project management, business advisory, IT, finance, financial control, credit risk, research, HR, and marketing. You will be involved in interesting and challenging project work and gain exposure to clients from day 1. Note; placements will depend upon availability within each organisation.

The programme will give you confidence, depth of knowledge, transferable skills, highly valuable work experience and the opportunity to apply for permanent job openings as they arise. You will also have the opportunity to plan and deliver a Welsh National Finance Conference in December 2016 to encourage students to develop a career within the industry.

Start Date: 1st November 2015 - 31st August 2017.

Please note that this is a fixed term contract with no guarantee for permanent employment however vacancies will arise during the programme.

The Graduate Programme and all participating employers operate a full equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from candidates irrelevant of age, gender, disability and ethnicity.


  • 2.1 in any discipline or possessing relevant experience and ability to pass entry level tests.
  • Live or work in Wales.
  • Possess an NI number, be able to work in UK and pass a standard credit check.
  • Ability to write and speak fluent English

We are looking for candidates with the following attributes:

  • The confidence and sound judgment and the ability to work to tight deadlines and prioritise tasks
  • The ability and willingness to work using own initiative and as part of a team.
  • The ability to absorb technical information and an analytical mind
  • High level of numeracy, the ability to analyse financial data and an understanding of basic economics
  • Ability to collate, analyse and present information clearly, both verbally and written at senior level, and demonstrating professional behaviour within a commercial environment.


Please forward your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in a career in financial services and why you wish to participate for the attention of Rowena O'Sullivan, Project Manager.


If shortlisted, you will be required to attend an Assessment Centre 23.10.15 in Cardiff. Please note we are unable to process visa applications.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £14,500.00 p.a & fully funded MSc qualification. This programme is partly funded by the European Social Fund.