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FinTrU seek latest recruits for its fast-growing Derry operation

L-R: John Maguire, FinTrU; Erin King, FinTrU; Graeme Wilkinson, DfE’s director of skills; Greg McCann, head of FinTrU North West; Sinead Hawkins, North West Regional College; Dr David McAree, Ulster University; and Lucy Young, FinTrU

IRISH financial services firm FinTrU is seeking its latest graduates in the north west as part of its plans to create 600 jobs in five years.

Largely based in Belfast, Cork native Darragh McCarthy's company announced in June 2018 that it would recruit around 300 people in Derry. Backed by the Department for the Economy and Ulster University, the latest assured skills academy is offering 20 people with a degree a shot at a job within the fast-growing firm.

Run out of the North West Regional College, the successful applicants will take part in a six-week industry-relevant training programme, with a guaranteed interview with FinTrU at the end.

Applications are open until March 11. Applicants must have a minimum 2:2 degree in any discipline and no previous experience is required.

Graeme Wilkinson, director of skills at the Department for the Economy, said: “Assured Skills Academies are not only a proven and successful model of upskilling the local workforce, they also help to ensure there are people with the right skills available to businesses, enabling them to provide quality employment and career opportunities while supporting the local economy.

“It is vital that there are people with the right skills available to businesses and this latest Academy delivered once again by North West Regional College and Ulster University will provide people with a degree with a pathway into the growing financial services sector.”

FinTrU's chief human resources officer, Sinead Carville said: “FinTrU is a people business and our employees are a critical driver in achieving the company's business objectives. In the North West, FinTrU has gone from zero to more than 120 employees in just under 16 months, with further plans for rapid growth.

“The FinTrU Financial Services Academy represents a fantastic opportunity for those embarking on their professional journey or looking for a change in career in an exciting industry.”

Sinead Hawkins, business skills manager at NWRC, added: “We are delighted to be a delivery partner in the FinTrU academy. NWRC has a strong track record of collaborating with local business to deliver real benefits. With support from the Department for the Economy, the college can provide cutting edge research and innovation expertise and also, such as with Assured Skills, high quality training to ensure employers have the people they need to keep growing.”

Dr David McAree, lecturer in accounting, at Ulster University said: “The staff of Ulster University Business School, Magee Campus are proud to support the development of talented individuals seeking careers in the financial services sector. We will endeavour to work with our partners in the North West to ensure that students on the programme are supported in their learning experience as they take advantage of the career opportunities presented to them.”

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