Graduates interested in developing a career in the world of finance are being offered the opportunity to join the FinTrU Financial Services Academy.

Opportunities for graduates on FinTrU Academy
Opportunities for graduates on FinTrU Academy

Supported by the Department for the Economy, the FinTrU Academy, which will be delivered by Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) and Ulster University Business School (UUBS), will provide participants with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to pursue a career in the finance sector.

Graduates who are selected for the Academy will receive six weeks of pre-employment training on Capital Markets, Financial Markets, Compliance and Organisational Skills.

Ann Williamson, Head of Employer Skills at the Department, said: “The FinTrU Assured Skills Academy, delivered in conjunction with Belfast Metropolitan College and Ulster University, is an excellent opportunity for 20 graduates to gain real world learning for the financial services sector. Those participants who successfully complete the Academy will have a guaranteed interview for a full-time position with FinTrU.

“Assured Skills Academies help ensure there are people with the right skills available to businesses, enabling them to provide quality employment and career opportunities while supporting economic growth. This year more than 1,300 jobs have been promoted through the Assured Skills Progamme and we are continuing to work with businesses, Further Education colleges and universities to deliver further Academies across a range of sectors.”

Leah McStravick, Academy Manager said: “FinTrU are delighted to launch Academy XI in Belfast. We are pleased to continue working with Belfast Metropolitan College and Ulster University to deliver the next FinTrU Assured Skills Academy. The six week course will equip participants with the real world skills they need to start and pursue a career with FinTrU, and we are looking forward to welcoming the next cohort of successful applicants as they begin their journey with us.”

The FinTrU Assured Skills Academy will be delivered by Belfast Metropolitan College in conjunction with Ulster University Business School.

Belfast Met’s Assured Skills and Projects Manager, Susan McCambridge, said: “The college, which has a rich history of leading the city to work, is thoroughly honoured to be involved in the delivery of the FinTrU academy. Belfast Met has an excellent track record of successfully delivering such academies in a bid to ensure individuals are work-ready and equipped with relevant skills for industry. This is a great way to get onto the financial services career ladder. As a fantastic added incentive, participants will be paid for the training and will receive a travel allowance. I’d advise anyone interested in this lucrative opportunity to submit their applications as soon as possible.”

Professor Gillian Armstrong, Director of Business Engagement at UUBS explains: “Contributing to the aim of becoming Northern Ireland’s civic university, which includes a civic pledge to connect skills to industry, the Ulster University Business School has taken a progressive approach to supporting Financial Services Academies tailored to the specific skill gaps within the economy.

“This model not only upskills graduates to achieve success in professional examinations, such as those set by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) but also provides an opportunity to develop “business ready skills” to support the growing finTech sector specifically and the local economy generally.”

Applications for the FinTrU Assured Skills Academy are open until Monday 31 December 2018. Although previous experience is not required, applicants must be a graduate or an experienced professional with at least a 2:2 in any degree discipline.

For more information visit the nidirect website.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Assured Skills is a pre-employment training programme run by the Department for the Economy.
  2. For media enquiries contact the Department for the Economy Press Office on 028 9052 9604 or email . Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110.
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