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IFS Apprenticeships Employers briefing

On the 24 April 2018, IFS Apprenticeships held a very successful employer’s briefing. It was hosted by Fidelity International. Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary General to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, key note speaker highlighted the importance of developing the IFS Apprenticeship programme for the sector and was very encouraged by the uptake of this initiative.

This event was attended by Recruitment Managers and HR Directors to hear first-hand from companies and apprentices on their experiences of the programme. In its first year, companies recruited 34% of apprentices internally while 66% of apprentices came from pre-screened candidates.

Representatives from State Street and Fidelity international gave the audience very positive feedback on the success of IFS apprenticeship programme within their companies. Both organisations outlined how the streamlined recruitment process greatly assisted them and how the programme is currently benefitting the business.

Carmel Mitchell, Head of HR Global Business Solutions, Fidelity International advised that “At Fidelity International we deliver innovative client solutions for a better future. The investment in early learning is key to our long term talent strategy and the FSI apprenticeship program provides us with an additional pipeline of high calibre diverse talent”.

Bernadette Sexton, Head of HR, Global Services EMEA at State Street commented “State Street is a strong advocate of this Apprenticeship programme and views it as a vehicle that helps attract a more diverse set of candidates that ordinarily would not be available to us. In addition, the apprentices receive an excellent education on the industry through their attendance at NCI as well as practical, on the job learning. It also provides a unique opportunity for our employees to further develop their own skills, through their involvement in supporting and mentoring these Apprentices”


Two IFS Apprentices gave their insights on the programme since it’s commencement in September 2017. Daniel Devine, a current IFS apprentices with Fidelity International noted that “applying academic knowledge focused on this sector from course in NCI with on-the-job experience has been a huge learning curve but an exciting one as well. Before starting here, I never imagined I would be managing projects myself, chairing meetings, coordinating testing with business teams from across the globe.”

September will see the commencement of the second cohort of IFS apprentices. If you would like more information on this new innovative solution to aid your recruitment processes, please call Carol Kenna on 01 605 1631.


Marc Coleman, Director FSI addressing IFS Apprenticeship briefing in Fidelity International


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