The Financial Services industry in Ireland is a major job creator, with over 25,000 (close to 10,000 outside Dublin) people directly employed. Because of its sheer size and the variety of job types, there are lots of opportunities, positions and companies open to school -leavers. Credit Unions and Financial Brokers across the country employ many more thousands and these firms are part of the fabric of almost every town in Ireland and can provide employment at the heart of the community.

Why work in Financial Services?

The Financial Services industry offers young people an incredible amount of choice in the work they do allowing room to explore and grow within the workforce. With so many different types of positions open to people the type of skills required for different roles is endless from problem-solving, communications, interpersonal skills, customer service skills, strategic thinking and many more meaning that whatever your skill set it’s likely that you can find a position within financial services. From helping people to save, to securing a mortgage on a family’s dream home or planning for their future, those working in financial services directly help people of all backgrounds in achieving their own financial goals.

The apprenticeship programme is designed for new entrants who want to build a career in the general or life insurance industry, from a variety of backgrounds including School Leavers, New Graduates, and Career Changers.

Apprenticeships offer a genuine and affordable option to become qualified for your start in financial services without the need to directly attend 3rd level institutions and you are paid while you learn.

Courses are offered through a blended learning approach. Students are provided with a range of online and hard-copy study resources and materials, as well as 24/7 access to online pre-recorded lectures on a chapter-by-chapter basis.In addition to live exam preparation lectures which run in a number of venues. This approach affords students the opportunity to work while studying, gaining experience as they reach qualification. The courses can be the key to unlocking a start in an industry that can provide a sustained and rewarding employment for students of all abilities.