logo - IFS Apprenticeships
logo - IFS Apprenticeships


IFS Apprenticeships ensure the best match between industry required skills and the education of apprentices. Secure the skilled labour you need through fixed term, cost-effective contracts.

I am an employer looking for an apprentice.

How it works

Step 1

Register your interest on www.ifsapprenticeships.ie

Step 2

Identify suitable roles for each apprenticeship level.

Step 3

Review suitable candidates - internal and external.

Step 4

Candidate selection options: 1. New hires 2. Pre-screened candidate 3. Current employees

Step 5

Selection and recruitment process.

What are the benefits of an IFS Apprenticeship?

Recruit new staff, upskill existing staff, add value and save money.


Access to new talent pipeline. Upskill/reskill existing employees


New hires in relevant roles/ pre-screened candidates with relevant qualifications/ existing employees movign into relevant roles.

Staff retention

IFS Apprenticeship Highlights from 1st intake of IFS Apprentices - 90% retention rate - 100% pass rate in year 1 assessmetn/exams - 100% plan to remain in the sector


Government funded training for apprentices and mentors

What is an apprenticeship and what does it mean for my Company?

An IFS Apprenticeship is a two year, nationally accredited work-based programme designed to meet employers needs, tackle the skills shortages in entry level roles and specialist level roles. IFS Apprentices will gain a recognised professional qualification at levels 6 & 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMMES: IFS Associate - Higher Certificate in International Financial Services (Level 6). IFS Specialist - Higher Diploma in Financial Services Analytics (Level 8)

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Role of the Employer

1. Two year apprenticehip contract.

Programmes & Job Roles

IFS Associate Level Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is aimed at school leavers (who have attained their leaving certificate results) or mature learners who may not have considered a career in a financial services company. Learners who participate on the programme will be at least 18 years of ago. This minimum age requirement is in response to the selection policy of organistions who operate in this sector. IFS Associate level apprentices will study for a Higher Certificate in International Finanancial Services with an approximate salary of €23K and undertake a two year fixed term contract in an IFS organisation in a relevant role.

    Sample job roles for IFS Associate Apprenticeships:
  • - Client Operations / Customer Service
  • - Trustee Associate
  • - Middle Office Operations Associate
  • - Custody Associate
  • - Market Data Associate
  • - Fund Accountant

IFS Specialist Level Apprenticeship

The Higher Diploma in Financial Service Analytics is aimed at graduates of all disciplines. The objective of this IFS Specialist Apprenticeship is to provide an entry point to the International Financial Services sector for people with significant work experience and/or previous qualifications. The remuneration package on offer for the IFS Specialist Apprenticeship is a salary of €32K and a two year fixed term contract in a relevant role in an IFS organisation. This level of apprenticeship will open up the Financial Services sector to learners and employees who heretofore may not have considered a career in this sector.

    Sample job roles for IFS Specialist Apprenticeships:
  • - Data Analyst
  • - Customer Analytics
  • - Portfolio Analytics/ Risk
  • - Design Consultant
  • - Business Manager
  • - Retail Credit Analyst
  • - Robotics Team Member

Candidate Profile

Candidate Profile of 2018 applications
Of Associates applicants have a Level 5 qualification
Of Associates applicants have a Level 7 qualification
Of Specialists applicants have a Level 8 qualification
Of Specialists applicants have a Level 9 qualification
  • What is industry saying?

    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

    - Carmel Mitchell / Head of HR Global Business Solutions, Fidelity International

  • What industry has to say

    Ulster Bank are delighted to be taking part in this Apprenticeship scheme. We recognise that schemes like this can help people to gain a qualification whilst building really desirable skills. The great thing about the IFS Apprenticeship scheme is the focus on the skills of the future, so Apprentices will not just be acquiring skills for now, but to build the bank of the future.

    - Barry Mulcahy, Learning Partner, Academy (HR) / Ulster Bank