We are building for the future with the launch of our first Graduate Wealth Pathway scheme.
The new scheme, which offers the potential for careers in financial services within Openwork, builds on our investment in recruitment and staff support, which has seen more than 100 advisers join our network and the expansion of its award-winning Academy despite the coronavirus pandemic.
It underlines the focus on growth at the organisation, as well as staff engagement and development, as highlighted by The Openwork Partnership being ranked one of the top 100 companies to work for two years in a row.
We are aiming to recruit 25 graduates to work remotely or at our Swindon offices. They will learn about our business and specifically the new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system being rolled out to adviser firms across the network.
As part of their initial 12-month fixed-term contract graduate trainees will be supported to work with adviser firms on the adoption of the CRM system ConcertHub. We are committed to helping trainees potentially move on to broader careers in the financial advice industry.
Philip Howell, our Chief Executive, said: “I see this very much as a ‘win win’ for both these new graduates and Openwork.
“At a time when employment prospects for our young are looking bleak, we have a chance to give 25 young people a career pathway in our industry.
“They will have the opportunity to achieve chartered status, grounded in practical experience, supporting our partner firms and ultimately take their place in our succession plans.”
The scheme is open to graduates with 2:1 degrees and higher who have had work experience either after or during their degree.
We aim to complete recruitment by the end of November and to agree start dates in early 2021. It was ranked 76th in the top 100 mid-sized companies compiled by the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2020 and retained its two-star accreditation. This is the second-highest standard which is only achieved through an outstanding commitment to employee engagement.