A programme that aims to develop and retain graduates within
Wales’ financial services sector has been awarded £1 million of funding through
The investment will ensure that the Wales Financial Services
Graduate Programme will be extended to 2019, supporting a career development
programme involving companies such as Principality, GM Financial, Atradius and
Another £1.4 million has also been invested by participating
companies within the Welsh financial services industry to go alongside the £1
million from the European Social Fund.
The programme allows graduates to learn and develop in areas
including product development, accounting, investment management and underwriting,
alongside a fully-funded master’s degree in Financial Services Management –
which is delivered by the University of South Wales.
Finance secretary Mark Drakeford said: “This is an excellent
programme that is strengthening a key industry while helping to retain
ambitious young people in Wales and attract talent to our financial sector.”
The programme itself has been designed by employers within
the industry who are looking to recruit ambitious young graduates into financial
Students who wish to join the programme must be able to
demonstrate a passion and commitment to working within the financial services
sector, as well as the determination to complete 22 months of academic study,
training and work.
Those who prove to be successful will take part in four paid
placements within the partner companies, giving them access to real life
Each partner company aims to give graduates direct exposure
to clients to make sure they get the most from the work experience and are in
the best possible position to take up a full-time role.
Businesses have been eager to get involved in the programme
so they can create a talent pool of future industry professionals for the
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