Recruitment now open for new Risk and Regulatory Compliance Assured Skills Academy with EY

Date published: 11 December 2023

A new Risk and Regulatory Compliance Assured Skills Academy, providing 20 high quality training places, is now open for applications.


Funded by the Department for the Economy, this Academy will provide successful applicants with practical experience and access to the resources needed to develop skills and business knowledge around the risk and regulatory challenges that companies are facing.

The six-week intensive training programme will be delivered by Belfast Met and Ulster University through a blend of onsite and online learning. 

Commenting on the Academy, Graeme Wilkinson, Director of Skills at the Department for the Economy, said:

“This Risk and Regulatory Compliance Assured Skills Academy for EY delivered by Belfast Met and UU will provide those who have the necessary qualifications and willingness to learn with new skills and a valuable pathway into the world of risk and compliance.

“Participants will have the opportunity to understand how the global landscape changes the way we do business and how, despite the best efforts of regulators, internal controls and risk departments, Financial Crime and Client Due Diligence continue to challenge businesses and governments across the globe.”

Graeme continued:

“In this decade of economic transformation around the Department’s 10x Economic Vision, strengthening our local skills base and investing in skills is essential as we work to grow our economy. The Assured Skills model of providing pre-employment training in partnership with employers and further and higher education providers has proven to be a successful model for creating a pipeline of skilled people for expanding local businesses. This is the second academy in partnership with EY, supporting their growth plans of 1,000 new jobs in Northern Ireland over the next five years. With a weekly training allowance of £175 for the duration of the Academy, as well as help with travelling costs and childcare, I would encourage all who are interested to apply.”

Rob Heron, EY Managing Partner, said:

“Following the success of the recent EY Data and Analytics Academy, we are delighted to announce the launch of the next Assured Skills Academy. This will focus on risk and regulatory compliance skills to support our business meet the increasing demand for these services. Some of the roles require European language skills, so we are keen to encourage those fluent in a second language to check out the opportunities and apply.

“We believe that this exciting new course will empower all of the candidates to cultivate new skills and unlock amazing opportunities.

“Thanks to our partnership with Belfast Met, Ulster University, the Department for the Economy and Invest Northern Ireland, we can create jobs and skills development opportunities via the Assured Skills Academy Programme for graduates, those looking to advance or change their career, or those returning to the workforce following a career break.

“This is an exciting time for EY in Northern Ireland following our recent announcement of 1,000 new jobs. We continue to grow our business, deliver social value and create opportunities for all.”

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive at Belfast Met, said:

“Belfast Met is once again delighted to partner with EY and the Department for the Economy on this Assured Skills Academy Programme which offers cutting-edge Data and Analytics reskilling training to individuals seeking to enter this dynamic field. This Academy will equip participants with life-long skills essential for future careers. Our college is committed to supporting economic growth across Belfast and Northern Ireland. We eagerly anticipate supporting the development and success of our new applicants.”

Michael Pogue, Senior Lecturer in Financial Services at Ulster University’s Business School, commented:

“With Belfast recently being ranked in the inaugural top ten Tech Cities of the Future, maintaining this global reputation is dependent on the development of world class talent with industry relevant skills. Ulster University is delighted to join with partners EY, the Department for the Economy, and Belfast Met to play a role in providing students with the skills needed to secure employment in an industry sector which will be pivotal in supporting economic recovery of the region.”

Training will commence on Monday 19 February and finish on Friday 29 March 2024. Applicants must be available to attend full time, in person for the duration of the training period. Successful academy participants will be guaranteed an interview with EY Northern Ireland on completion of the training.

Applications for the Risk and Regulatory Compliance Assured Skills Academy are open until noon on Monday 8 January 2024.

Experience is not required but you MUST:

  • be at least 18 or over
  • hold an honours degree in any subject
  • be eligible to work in the UK
  • have appropriate IT access to link to the online tuition

Although not essential, as EY work with global clients, it would be desirable that candidates are proficient in a second language, with a specific focus on the following:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

More information and details of how to apply are available on nidirect

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