Swindon-based financial advice network Openwork has launched its first graduate programme.
Graduates will learn about the Openwork business and specifically support the new Customer Relationship Management system being rolled out to adviser firms across the network.
They will be supported to work with adviser firms on the new system, and Openwork says it is committed to helping trainees to move on to broader careers in the financial services industry.
The new scheme, which offers the potential for careers in financial services within Openwork, builds on Openwork’s investment in recruitment and staff support, which has seen more than 100 advisers join the network and the expansion of its award-winning Academy despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Chief executive Philip Howell 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 25 graduates the firm aims to recruit will work remotely or at its head office in Swindon.
As part of their initial 12-month fixed-term contracts, graduate trainees will be supported to work with adviser firms on the adoption of the CRM system ConcertHub. Openwork says it is committed to helping trainees potentially move on to broader careers in the financial advice industry.
Openwork aims to complete recruitment by the end of November and to agree start dates in early 2021.
The firm 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, which is the second-highest standard.
Applications can be made at https://apply.openwork.uk.com/vacancies/32/graduate-wealth-pathway.html