Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2019
- Business and Technology Solutions




Start Date

October 2019


 Stratford, London,UK




Final year students and graduates of any degree discipline




Midnight, Sunday 2nd December 2018

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 - Business and Technology Solutions

To monitor, supervise and regulate one of the world’s biggest financial markets, we need robust technology and systems. Business and Technology Solutions maintains and evolves our technology to keep pace with our markets. We make sure that all our internal systems are up and running so that our employees can do their job. We also guarantee that external systems perform well for the firms that use them.

Our departments

There are a number of diverse departments within Business and Technology Solutions, ranging from the analysis and architecture experts who structure our systems, through to the business partners who plan change, and the programme managers who provide a pragmatic and collaborative approach to its delivery. We have a Solution Delivery team who specialise in designing and testing our technological solutions, plus Technology Operations and Security specialists who maintain and protect our IT services and systems. 

What you’ll do

As a graduate, you’ll join one of our specialist departments. During four internal rotations and one external secondment, you’ll gain exposure to a wide variety of business areas. You can expect to work with internal customers to understand, define and gather solution requirements. You’ll also help develop those requirements into proposals, and partner with senior managers to lead the teams delivering the end solution.

The structure

To give you the exposure you need to excel, our two-and-a-half year graduate programmes are made up of multiple rotations and an external secondment. You’ll spend your first two years experiencing different parts of the FCA and growing your networks. At the same time, you’ll be collaborating with teams across your division, honing your skills and technical knowledge and developing a real insight into financial services. You’ll round out your experience with a final placement in industry.

What you'll need

A focus on customers is essential, along with an analytical, collaborative approach to business. You’ll be passionate about change and confident in tackling problems methodically.

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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