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Higher Certificate in International Financial Services

National College of Ireland, in association with FSI, are running international financial services apprenticeships which get you a full-time job for 2 years in a blue-chip financial institution.

This programme seeks to provide the appropriate education and training to allow successful graduates be registered with SOLAS as an IFS Associate Professional. What this means is that through a combination of off-the-job and on-the-job learning, apprentices will develop skills that are key to working in International Financial Services. These skills include areas of regulation and compliance, products and services, client communications and relationships, systems and processes, etc., within the context of International Financial Services.

Course Structure

This programme is structured over two academic calendar years. On-the-job modules are structured to run over the length of each academic year. Assessment of off-the-job modules comprises a combination of continuous assessment and exams. On-the-job assessment is via an ongoing electronic portfolio of work-based evidence that is submitted in year 1 and in year 2.

Who is the course for?

The Higher Certificate in International Financial Services is aimed at those who are looking to start their career in International Financial Services.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements are a grade H7/O6 or above in five leaving certificate (or equivalent) subjects. A minimum of grade O6 must be obtained in English. A minimum of grade O6 or a B2 or above in Foundation level must be obtained in Mathematics.

Holders of a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business (or equivalent) or QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business (or equivalent) can apply for entry onto the programme. Non-standard applications will be also considered on an individual basis.

As this is an Apprenticeship programme, participation on the programme is contingent upon the apprentice being offered an Apprenticeship role with an employer participating in the Apprenticeship scheme.

Course Content

Year 1
Semester Off the Job On the Job
One Financial Institutions & Markets; Customer Service. Continuing Professional Development 1; Regulation & Compliance; Product & Service Proficiency; Client Communication & Relationships.
Two Management & Behaviour in Organisations; ICT for International Financial Services.
Year 2
Semester Off the Job On the Job
One Financial Accounting & Reporting; Introduction to Statistics for Finance. Continuing Professional Development 2; Systems & Processes in International Financial Services; Apprentice Reflection; Work Based Project.
Two Fund Administration; Economics for Financial Practitioners.

Application Process

If you're interested you should complete an application form for the apprenticeship you're qualified for found on the IFS Apprenticeships website. Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and candidates will be notified on the outcome of their application shortly after.

Successful applicants will be invited to a pre-selection event (date to be confirmed) to be interviewed by a selection panel.

Applicants who make it through the pre-selection stage will meet with the recruiting companies.

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