so, how does it work?

discover more about the grad scheme, how it works and what we think makes the perfect grad.

The Grad Scheme is a structured two-year training programme, combining a 3 month paid role, learning the foundations of all available roles, (with an additional 3 months job specific probation thereafter) with on-the-job training and any 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 ‘The Verve Group’ as a company. This will give you a taste of the type of company we are and how we operate. It will also introduce you to the clients we provide a service for and the culture and environment we’ve created – 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 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!

upcoming 2024 cohort dates...

thursday 25th april - in-person assessment day

july & october dates will be announced soon!

step one: apply & assess.

Initially, all we need from you is to fill in our application form to help us get a sense of who you are, this includes a personality quiz (all in the name of fun we promise) and what interests you most about working with us, then a basic english skills test to follow. If you’re applying to join our development team there will a short skills test to complete.

That, plus your CV and a cover letter and you’re good to go! For those more creative types, don’t be shy, we review video applications in the same way as written ones!

step two: discuss.

Easy peasy! Once we’re happy you’ve given us a banging application, we’ll book in an initial chat, which will give you the chance to ask us any questions about the scheme, as well as us being able to discuss your application further.

step three: impress.

All being well at this point, we’ll invite you and any other applicants in your cohort to join us for our ‘Impress Day’. It’s typically 10am-1pm in our head office in Darlington and is a day of group interactive activities and one-to-one conversations. 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. 

step four: success.

You’ve obviously impressed us and you’re now an official team member of The Grad Scheme! We will discuss and agree the earliest start date with you so that you can begin your initial 3 month trainee position with us! The last step in the recruitment process is your Success 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 our world!