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Engineering in general is an extremely broad career and can lead to you many different applications and many different parts of the world. Itís also a career which can give you a set of skills highly adaptable to other careers. In Intel the same applies. Day to day the job changes so being able to change with the job is important. Make sure you are adaptable and can apply your skills in many different situations.

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IFS Associate Professional (Generalist)
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IFS Associate Professional (Generalist)

This new occupational apprenticeship programme was launched in 2016.

The IFS Apprenticeship programme is designed for candidates who are eager to launch their career within the financial services industry.

The IFS Associate Professional is an NFQ Level 6 apprenticeship with progression available to qualification at Level 7 and Level 8.

The IFS Associate Professional, or Generalist apprenticeship is the entry level role.

It is for school-leavers, those returning to work mid-career and want to change direction. You will study for a Higher Certificate in Business with a salary of €21K and get a two year fixed term contract in an IFS organisation in a relevant role.

Video: International Financial Services Apprenticeships at NCI

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The IFS Associate Professional apprenticeship is two-years in duration. Entrants get a two-year fixed term contract in an IFS organisation in a relevant role.

Apprentices spend 60% of their time working in the organisation and the remainder gaining specific IFS qualifications.

IFS Associate Professional apprentices will spend four days per week in their company and one day per week in NCI over the two-year period.


Apprentices will graduate with a Higher Certificate in Business at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

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The IFS Generalist apprenticeship is open to school leavers and further education students. A positive service disposition is required for this role.

  • A willingness to learn and apply yourself.
  • A commitment to consistant class attendance.
  • Dependability on the job.
  • The ability to work as part of a team and to use your own initiative.
  • The ability and drive to develop your knowledge and skills.

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When successful candidates are recruited by financial services organisations, the relevant recruitment process will commence in the organisation.

Apprentices will work four days per week in their company and study for the remaining one day per week in NCI over a two year period.

Typical job roles will include:

  • Fund Accounting
  • Custody - Portfolio Administrator
  • Financial Reporting
  • Market Data
  • Transfer Agency 
  • Tax Administrations
  • Derivatives
  • Pricing and Reporting
  • Trustee Administrator

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A salary of €21,000 per annum applies to the Financial Services Associate Professional role.

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The IFS Associate Professional apprenticeship is open to school leavers / VEC or PLC students (entry level role).

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • Grade D3 or above (Higher or Ordinary level) in five leaving certificate subjects.
  • A minimum of grade D3 (Higher or Ordinary level) must be obtained in English.
  • A minimum of grade D3 (Higher or Ordinary level) or a B2 or above in Foundation level must be obtained in Mathematics.
Holders of a FETAC Level 5 or HETAC Level 6 Special Award can apply for entry onto the programme. Entry will be assessed on the basis of result transcripts and a full programme outline.

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How to apply

1. Complete the required application form and attach your CV by the closing date

2. Email directly to

Note:  The closing date for the first round of applications for the IFS Apprenticeships was Wednesday 8 June 2016. The application process is now oversubscribed. No further applications can be accepted at this time. This initiative will be advertised when further places become available.  [30/8/16]

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Participating companies include:

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What will an IFS Apprenticeship give you?

- A two year fixed term contract in an International Financial Services Organisation
- A paid apprenticeship while you work and study
- A recognised qualification in the National College of Ireland's state of the art campus in the IFSC

Typical job roles will include: 

  • Fund Accounting
  • Custody - Portfolio Administrator
  • Financial Reporting
  • Market Data
  • Transfer Agency 
  • Tax Administrations
  • Derivatives
  • Pricing and Reporting
  • Trustee Administrator
The IFS apprenticeship schemes deliver on skills identified in the Skills Needs Analysis of the International Financial Services Sector in Ireland, 2015 report by Summit Finuas Network, Partnered by Accenture and also delivers on elements of the IFS2020 Strategy.

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