FinTrU to offer 20 more training places for graduates in Belfast

L-R: Leah McStravick, FinTrU academy manager; Ryan McComiskey, previous academy graduate; Ann Williamson, head of employer skills at DfE; Michael Pogue of UU Business School; Damian Duffy of Belfast Met; and Hannah Kerr, previous Academy graduate

FINANCIAL services company FinTrU is preparing for the latest intake from its assured skills academy in Belfast.

Run in conjunction with the Department for the Economy, 20 more training places for graduates are available.

The academy will provide successful applicants with six weeks of industry-relevant pre-employment training at Belfast Met and Ulster University, with a guaranteed interview for those who complete the course.

FinTrUhas employed more than 300 people to date through the scheme.

Last year the company announced plans to create 600 jobs across Belfast and Derry over five years.

Applications for the academy are open until December 2 2019. No experience is required but applicants must hold a 2:2 degree or better in any discipline.

Ann Williamson, head of employer skills at the Department for the Economy, said: “This latest Assured Skills Academy with FinTrU offers graduates a high-value route into the growing local financial services sector.

“Participants on the academy will gain valuable, real-world business skills and be ready to hit the ground running in financial services. They will also receive a weekly training allowance and travel expenses and may be eligible for child care allowance.

“The assured skills model of providing pre-employment training in conjunction with employers and further and higher education providers has a proven track record of creating a pipeline of skilled people for expanding local businesses. We are currently working with companies and training providers across Northern Ireland to develop more assured skills academies in the coming months.”

FinTrU academy manager, Leah McStravick said: "The course at Belfast Met and UU will provide participants with real-world skills in fields including compliance, risk, legal, operations, KYC and consultancy.

“To date we have employed over 300 people who have graduated through Assured Skills Academies. With no experience required, this is a high quality option for local graduates and I urge any seeking to get involved in financial services to apply for this academy.

Belfast Met's director of development, Damian Duffy added: “Belfast Met is a leading provider of pre-employment training that is industry-relevant and equips participants with the real-world skills they need to join, and succeed in, the business world. We are pleased to be collaborating with the Department for the Economy, UU and FinTrU and look forward to welcoming the next cohort of Academy participants onto this exciting course.

Michael Pogue from Ulster University Business School, said: “UU Business School is committed to connecting education and skills to industry and to that end we are always keen to be involved in delivering accelerated training and development for graduates that will help them succeed in the financial services sector and that will support the wider economy generally.”

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