Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2015

Start Date

September 2015


Canary Wharf, London,UK




Final year students and graduates of any degree discipline




Midnight, Sunday, 30th November 2014

EmployAbility is delighted to be working with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to offer disabled students and graduates the opportunity to apply for their Graduate Programme.

About the FCA

There’s hardly a person in the country whose life isn’t somehow impacted by the work of the Financial Conduct Authority.

Whether it’s regulating pensions providers, ensuring customers get a fair deal from their banks or clamping down on fraudulent businesses preying on the vulnerable, they are responsible for protecting and enhancing the integrity of the UK financial system. It’s a role as critical as it is all-encompassing. More than two million people are employed in financial or related professional services in the UK, and with new powers under the Financial Services Act, they can address conduct issues, publicly announce disciplinary action they’ve taken, and ban misleading promotions. Where necessary, they encourage firms to change their behaviour and help consumers understand action they’re taking.

It adds up to a dynamic and empowering place to work, and there’s never been a better time to join the FCA. This really is a career where you can own what happens next. The solutions you help devise and implement will directly affect people’s lives, whether it’s individual consumers or some of the richest and most powerful financial organisations in the world. As a member of the FCA you can expect to find yourself across a table from the best of them. At times things can get tense. A lot, after all, is at stake. It’s not always easy representing the interests of fairness, integrity and open competition, but wherever you are you’ll have a team of supportive colleagues behind you.

Then there’s the variety. Individuals, small businesses, public and private companies, global corporations, they interact with them all. If it’s innovative and happening in financial services, chances are they’ll be involved somehow: advising, guiding, regulating, and where necessary enforcing.

Think you’re up to it? Do you have the curiosity to look beneath the surface, the backbone to stand up for what is right, combined with a commitment to professional excellence? Are you someone who’s on the case from the outset? If so, you could be in line to carve out a career as a future leader in our organisation and industry. The FCA are interested in meeting undergraduates and graduates from all backgrounds and walks of life, across all subjects. And whilst many of their people do indeed come from finance or economics based discipline, they’re more interested in your personal strengths: qualities such as judgement drive and influence.

About the FCA Graduate Programme

This is a really exciting time to be considering a career in financial services regulation, whichever area you choose to work in. Our programmes offer the chance to experience working at the heart of the financial services industry.

With our specially designed graduate programme, you'll gain an unprecedented helicopter view of the world of financial services

  • the programme lasts two and a half years, during which time you will acquire in-depth technical knowledge
  • you will receive bespoke training and experience both internal and external secondments
  • you will get full exposure to our work from day one, plus a fast track to senior associate roles
  • we offer our graduates a highly competitive salary as well as sponsorship for further studies

Applications for the Graduate Programme 2015 will open in early October.

Gain industry experience

Unlike many graduate programmes, ours allows you to join the industry and earn a salary while you learn. In the past, our graduates have been seconded to:

  • banks
  • fund managers
  • professional services firms
  • HM Treasury
  • the Bank of England
  • the European Commission and European regulators

Sponsored study

It's important that you keep up to date with industry developments and trends, so we'll support your studies and professional growth through our business awareness sessions and training modules.

We also have a sponsored study policy so we may be able to make a contribution to the cost if you want to work towards a professional qualification such as:

  • MSc in Financial Regulation
  • Investment Management Certificate
  • SII Diploma

From time to time, subject to business need, the FCA offers members of its permanent staff the opportunity to apply for a training contract or pupillage enabling suitable candidates to progress their careers by qualifying as solicitors or barristers within the FCA.

EmployAbility and the Financial Conduct Authority are also offering Summer Internship opportunities.

The Application Process

Candidates apply through EmployAbility but each applicant is assessed against the FCA's core competencies and selected through the FCA's recruitment process. Successful candidates are hired directly on to the Garduate Programme and participate in every aspect of it.

If you have any extenuating circumstances or require further information about the scheme, please contact Justin Penney on +44 (0)7776 090 508 or email

This programme is now closed for applications.

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The reassurance, coaching and assistance that EmployAbility provides is invaluable, and they have helped many candidates to realise their potential through our selection process.

Executive Director - Campus Recruiting, J.P. Morgan

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  • NatWest Markets
  • J.P. Morgan
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  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • FCA
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  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google