This briefing gave organisations the opportunity to meet with current apprentices, both Associate and Specialists, and employers who are currently taking part in the programme and find out the benefits the programme has brought to their organisations.
Keynote speakers included Susan Dargan (Independent Director at Zurich Insurance plc), Barry Mulcahy (Head of Learning, Ulster Bank and Louise Walsh (Senior HR Business Partner at Fidelity International)
A panel event was held on the day, facilitated by Fidelity’s Carmel Mitchell, (Global Head of Talent Management) and comprising of Daniel Devine (IFS Specialist Apprentice, Fidelity) Darya Yakushenko (IFS Associate Apprentice, State Street), Patrick Roche (IFS Associate Apprentice, BNY Mellon), Ahmed Mahmood (IFS Associate Apprentice, Fidelity) Jane Cotter (Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman) and Barry Mulcahy (Head of Learning, Ulster Bank).
An interesting conversation ensued around the IFS apprentices experiences in the programme, in particular how they managed a work study balance with all agreeing the “earn as you learn” aspect, and been given the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in class almost immediately, being big bonuses for both them and the organisations.
Barry Mulcahy, Ulster Bank stated "As an employer, working with professional bodies like IFS and NCI and developing a key future skill of Data Analytics is all very appealing at an organisation level; students get to apply their formal learning to real work scenarios and like any traditional apprenticeship. the 90% government funding for the Apprenticeship was a big draw, providing value for money when it comes to continuing education.
IFS Apprenticeships are building access routes into Professional Services that were not there before, they are providing a credible recruitment alternative for more diverse candidates to be in roles where they may not have been before and that can only be a good thing for banking for customers and for our community."
The first intake of IFS apprentices have now completed the programme with impressive results which tell their own story. 90% retention rates, 100 % continued IFS employment, 63% promotions and 94% employer recommendations.
To find out more about IFS Apprenticeships and how you can access this new talent pipeline please contact Carol Kenna at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01 605 1631 or alternatively you can contact Audrey Devlin at email@example.com or by phone on 01 605 1657.