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We asked James Sheridan from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

James Sheridan

Restaurant Manager

Failte Ireland

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The best thing about this industry is you can get a job in the local hotel or restaurant, part time, and see if you like it.

Sit down with the manager and have a list of questions prepared. Don't make too many plans, just go with the flow, be nice/positive to everybody and things will go alright

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IFS Generalist (Associate Professional)
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IFS Generalist (Associate Professional)

This is one of 25 new/proposed apprenticeship programmes launched in 2016/17.

The Apprenticeship Council approved Financial Services Ireland and National College of Ireland to commence delivery of three levels of apprenticeship unique to International Financial Services, one of which is the IFS Generalist (Associate Professional) 

The IFS Generalist (Associate Professional) is an NFQ Level 6 apprenticeship with 120 places to be available annually.

IFS Generalist (Associate Professional)

The IFS Generalist apprenticeship is the entry level role.

If you're a school-leaver or you’re returning to work mid-career and want to change direction - you will study for a Higher Certificate in Business with a salary of €21K and get a two year fixed term contract in an IFS organisation in a relevant role.

This role is open to candidates who are school leavers and who may not have considered a  career in financial services.

Video: International Financial Services Apprenticeships at NCI


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Duration

The IFS apprenticeships are 2-years in duration. The apprentices spend 60% of their time working in IFS companies and the remainder gaining specific IFS qualifications.

IFS Generalist apprentices will spend four days per week in their company and the remaining one day per week in NCI over the two year period.

Qualification 

Apprentices will graduate with a Higher Certificate in Business at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).




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The IFS Generalist apprenticeship is open to school leavers/ VEC or PLC students. A positive service disposition are required for this role.


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When successful candidates are recruited by financial services organisations, the relevant recruitment process will commence in the organisation.

Apprentices will work four days per week in their company and study for the remaining one day per week in NCI over a two year period.

Typical job roles will include:

  • Fund Accounting
  • Custody - Portfolio Administrator
  • Financial Reporting
  • Market Data
  • Transfer Agency 
  • Tax Administrations
  • Derivatives
  • Pricing and Reporting
  • Trustee Administrator


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A salary of €21,000 per annum applies to the Financial Services Generalist (Associate Professional) role.


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The IFS Generalist (Associate Professional) is open to school leavers/ VEC or PLC student / positive service disposition (entry level roles).

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • Grade D3 or above (Higher or Ordinary level) in five leaving certificate subjects.
  • A minimum of grade D3 (Higher or Ordinary level) must be obtained in English.
  • A minimum of grade D3 (Higher or Ordinary level) or a B2 or above in Foundation level must be obtained in Mathematics.
Holders of a FETAC Level 5 or HETAC Level 6 Special Award can apply for entry onto the programme. Entry will be assessed on the basis of result transcripts and a full programme outline.


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How to apply

1. Complete the required application form and attach your CV by the closing date

2. Email directly to ifsapprenticeships@ibec.ie


Note:  The closing date for the first round of applications for the IFS Apprenticeships was Wednesday 8 June 2016. The application process is now oversubscribed. No further applications can be accepted at this time. This initiative will be advertised when further places become available.  [August 2016]

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What will an IFS Apprenticeship give you?

- A two year fixed term contract in an International Financial Services Organisation
- A paid apprenticeship while you work and study
- A recognised qualification in the National College of Ireland's state of the art campus in the IFSC

Typical job roles will include: 

  • Fund Accounting
  • Custody - Portfolio Administrator
  • Financial Reporting
  • Market Data
  • Transfer Agency 
  • Tax Administrations
  • Derivatives
  • Pricing and Reporting
  • Trustee Administrator
The IFS apprenticeship schemes deliver on skills identified in the Skills Needs Analysis of the International Financial Services Sector in Ireland, 2015 report by Summit Finuas Network, Partnered by Accenture and also delivers on elements of the IFS2020 Strategy. 


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