The Scheme

The Grad Scheme is a structured two-year training programme, combining an initial 3-month internship with on the job training and the exam qualifications you need to accelerate your career in financial services.

Like anything, you will start with the basics, like learning how to make the tea (ok, that’s a joke!) and getting to grips with the ins-and-outs of Para-Sols – how the business operates, the clients we service and the culture and environment we’ve created to name just a few – so you can really immerse yourself within the team and ultimately, excel in your role.

We appreciate that everyone is different and we all learn at different paces, so as long as we can see the potential in you, we’re happy for you to progress through the two-year programme at your own speed, obviously with some key milestones agreed from the outset to make sure you keep on track. Naturally, those milestones will reflect the role you take in the business – think of it as your very own personal career guide!

The Perfect Grad

Ok, so first things first, your degree subject isn’t the most important thing to us because we believe pretty much all skills are transferable – industry knowledge can be taught but the right attitude can’t. Yes, an industry related degree would be advantageous, but all we ask is that you have a real interest in financial services and that you have achieved at least a 2:2.

Personality wise, you need to have great attention to detail, a real hunger to learn the job and the ability to stand on your own two feet. We give you everything you need to succeed – tools, training, a super (funny!) mentor, you name it, but it’s a busy working office and using your own initiative goes a long way. Oh, and we want an active member of the team – someone who’s not afraid to come in and roll their sleeves up on day 1, so if you’re the more passive type, then we’re not the scheme for you.

Current Vacancies >

The Process

If you like the sound of The Grad Scheme, check out our vacancies and decide which role best suits you.

Step 1

Step 1.

Initially, all we need from you is your CV and Cover Letter (plus a little personality quiz, all in the name of fun we promise) then we’ll take a look through and see if we think you’ve got what it takes. You can upload your documents via the vacancy post (and anything else you think will give us a flavour of who you are!). For those more creative types, don’t be shy, we review video applications in the same way as written ones!

We operate a ‘rolling recruitment’ policy, that said, we do have a few cut-off points for applications, simply just to help us manage the full process and allocate applications into ‘cohorts’. The dates below should help you understand the key dates associated with each of the cohorts.

Cut-off date for applications

  • Cohort 1: Wednesday 29th March 2017
  • Cohort 2: Wednesday 31st May 2017
  • Cohort 3: Wednesday 6th September 2017

Initially, all we need from you is your CV and Cover Letter (plus a little personality quiz, all in the name of fun we promise) then we’ll take a look through and see if we think you’ve got what it takes. You can upload your documents via the vacancy post (and anything else you think will give us a flavour of who you are!). For those more creative types, don’t be shy, we review video applications in the same way as written ones!

We operate a ‘rolling recruitment’ policy, that said, we do have a few cut-off points for applications, simply just to help us manage the full process and allocate applications into ‘cohorts’. The dates below should help you understand the key dates associated with each of the cohorts.

Cut-off date for applications

  • Cohort 1: Wednesday 29th March 2017
  • Cohort 2: Wednesday 31st May 2017
  • Cohort 3: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Step 2

Step 2.

If we like what we see, we’ll be in touch for a quick chat. At this point, we’d be looking for reassurance you have basic Maths and English skills so will ask you to write us a short 500-word blog (on a topic of our choice) and to complete a short maths test.

The deadline for submitting completed online assessments are as follows:

  • Cohort 1: Sunday 2nd April 2017
  • Cohort 2: Sunday 4th June 2017
  • Cohort 3: Sunday 10th September 2017

If we like what we see, we’ll be in touch for a quick chat. At this point, we’d be looking for reassurance you have basic Maths and English skills so will ask you to write us a short 500-word blog (on a topic of our choice) and to complete a short maths test.

The deadline for submitting completed online assessments are as follows:

  • Cohort 1: Sunday 2nd April 2017
  • Cohort 2: Sunday 4th June 2017
  • Cohort 3: Sunday 10th September 2017
Step 3

Step 3.

All being well at this point, we’ll invite you and the other grads in your cohort to join us for our Assessment Day. It’s typically 10am-2pm in our head office at Lingfield Point, Darlington and is a day of two halves. We kick off with a series of group interactive activities in the morning, then, in the afternoon have a more traditional style one-to-one interview. Our most successful case studies come from having a good chemistry fit and we believe it’s just as important that you get a good measure of us, as it is that we do of you.

As a minimum, we have the following Assessment Days planned for 2017.

  • Cohort 1: Wednesday 19th April 2017
  • Cohort 2: Wednesday 14th June 2017
  • Cohort 3: Wednesday 20th September 2017

All being well at this point, we’ll invite you and the other grads in your cohort to join us for our Assessment Day. It’s typically 10am-2pm in our head office at Lingfield Point, Darlington and is a day of two halves. We kick off with a series of group interactive activities in the morning, then, in the afternoon have a more traditional style one-to-one interview. Our most successful case studies come from having a good chemistry fit and we believe it’s just as important that you get a good measure of us, as it is that we do of you.

As a minimum, we have the following Assessment Days planned for 2017.

  • Cohort 1: Wednesday 19th April 2017
  • Cohort 2: Wednesday 14th June 2017
  • Cohort 3: Wednesday 20th September 2017
Step 4

Step 4.

You’ve obviously impressed us and you’re now an official intern of The Grad Scheme! The last step in the recruitment process is your Induction Day – so after a whooping and cheering welcome from the rest of the team, we’ll walk you through the rest of the day and introduce you to the world of Para-Sols.

You’ve obviously impressed us and you’re now an official intern of The Grad Scheme! The last step in the recruitment process is your Induction Day – so after a whooping and cheering welcome from the rest of the team, we’ll walk you through the rest of the day and introduce you to the world of Para-Sols.

The Perks

We won’t lie, we’re firm advocates of the phrase ‘work hard, play hard’ and that we do. Yes, there will definitely be times of hard work (so it’s not for the faint-hearted), but we do reward such hard work for those who truly live and breathe the Para-Sols company values. So when the week’s done, we clock off early every Friday and kick back with a cheeky beer or wine.

If you pass your 3-month internship and are one of the lucky ones to be offered a permanent role on The Grad Scheme, there’s a whole host of perks that you’ll be entitled to;

  • A personal tiered salary structure – based on your own role, qualifications and experience
  • 21 days holiday as standard – plus additional Bank Holidays, Christmas close down and your birthday off each year (because no one should ever have to work on their birthday!)
  • Personal Development budget – to cover all your training, learning and development costs so you won’t be forking out for your own exam fees
  • Access to the company Pension Scheme – because we practise what we preach
  • Death in Service Cover – a bit morbid we know, but a nice bit of security nonetheless

And if that’s not enough…

  • Access to our Health & Wellbeing programme – a team away day in a spa, office yoga and outdoor assault courses (Tough Mudder style) being amongst the most popular past-times
  • Constant flow of office snacks – because it’s important to keep the energy levels up
  • Company nights out – and a fair few of them, we’re a social bunch!
  • Casual dress code – like we’ve said, no stuffy suits. We much prefer our Superhero capes.
  • ‘Para-Pub’ with an early finish – we’re usually thirsty by the end of the week so the wine / beer fridge is always well stocked and chilled
  • ‘Home’ is the trendy Beehive Building based at Lingfield Point whose facilities are a whole host of perks in itself

© The Grad Scheme. Website by Outlines Design.