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Welsh Financial

Welsh Financial Services Graduate Programme

(Applications for the Programme are currently closed)

Running since 2013, we have created a best in class graduate development programme in Financial Services Management with enviable success rates.

100 of financial services graduates in permanent roles
45 different financial services placements on offer with Leading Employers
91 achieved level 7 qualification
Fully Funded MSc


Over two years, you will experience three highly valuable work experience placements across a network of leading global employers.

You will be doing a range of different roles, encompassing the diversity of financial services. You could find yourself working on Strategic Analysis at Atradius, on People Services at Hodge, Risk and Compliance at Optimum Credit and part of the Marketing team at Principality Building Society.

During these placements, you will work with your team and colleagues on real-world business challenges whilst developing your skill set – both technical and non-technical.

You’ll gain an understanding of working in different company cultures and different management styles, all while developing and honing a range of skills which in turn, will help you to create a clear idea of your long term career goals.


Alongside structured training and development whilst at work, you will study for a part-time, fully funded MSc in Financial Services Management.

The qualification is co-designed with top UK employers and academia to enable and reinforce the application of knowledge through work-based projects and a final research project.

This makes sure that the skillset you develop throughout the programme is one that is in high demand by employers and makes you an extremely desirable candidate in the jobs market.

To stay up-to-date with the latest going’s on across both our Programmes, visit our News and Blog page here.

What do you need to apply?

Our Programme is inclusive, we are passionate about diversity and welcome all applications who meet the following criteria:

  • A Degree graded 2:1 or above, in any discipline
  • The right to live and work in the UK.


Due to the nature of the Programme, we are unable to recruit students who require a visa or sponsorship.

Applications for the Programme are now closed.

Please keep an eye on our social channels for information on the next Programme.

Recruitment timeline

Programme structure

Our programmes share the same structure. All graduates will experience:

  • 3 x 8-month work placements at top UK employers
  • Fully funded part-time MSc in a relevant discipline
  • Salary paid from outset of Programme
  • Support from our Programme Liason Manager
  • Employability Training
Example Placement 1
  • First employer placement begins

    Legal and General Investment Managers (LGIM) - Finance TeamSkills You’ll Develop

    • Experience of external audit

    • Understanding of year end and month end processes

    • Experience of interpreting data and identifying trends

    • Insight into working practices and culture of a large FTSE 100 company

    • Ability to develop skills in cross site working with teams being based in Cardiff and London.

  • First employer placement ends

Example Placement 2
  • Second employer placement begins

    LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Finance FunctionSkills You’ll Develop

    • The ability to influence key business projects and add value to the business

    • Experience of analysing trends and creating financial models

    • Working with a broad cross section of leaders, managers and functional employees across the global company

    • Gathering, analysing and presenting insights.

  • Second employer placement ends

Example Placement 3
  • Final employer placement begins

    Principality Building Society - Research TeamSkills You’ll Develop

    • Providing project management support

    • Building strong working relationships with key individuals in the Department

    • Gathering, analysing and presenting insight to influence decisions

    • Managing multiple work streams at once

    • Competencies in specific reporting, website and other marketing software.

  • Final employer placement ends

  • MSc graduation

Programme information

The Programmes are managed by the Welsh Contact Centre Forum and are partly funded by the European Social Fund.

Find out more

You can find out more about the MSc delivered by our current University partner by downloading the brochure. Please note, the 2021 brochure will be available shortly.


Applications for our 2021-2023 programme are now closed.