Graduate Programmes Wales are strategic talent creation initiatives in financial services and data science skills which are designed and delivered in collaboration with a strong consortium of 20 Welsh based employers.

Our vision is to create best in class graduate programmes resulting in a centre of excellence in financial services and data science skills in Wales.

This is achieved through the attraction, development and retention of high calibre graduate talent that meets the future skills demands of the sector in Wales.

Our current programmes are in Financial Services and Data Science.

Welsh Data Science Graduate Programme:

Unique to Wales, this innovative new programme is managed by the Welsh
Contact Centre Forum and delivered by global employers and academia in
partnership with the Office of National Statistics.

The programme is part funded by the European Social Fund.

Participating employers include ActiveQuote, Admiral Group, Atradius,
Centrica, GoCompare, Henry Howard Finance, Hodge Bank, LexisNexis Risk
Solutions, MotoNovo Finance, Optimum Credit,  Principality Building Society,
Pricewaterhousecoopers, Talent Ticker.

Over two years, the Programme will provide highly valuable work experience through three industry placements rotating across three different participating employers.

Typical job roles include Statistical Modeller, Data Engineer, Quantitative Analyst, Credit Risk Analyst, Pricing Analyst, and Predictive Modeller/Decision Science.

During these placements, the graduates will be trained and work with team colleagues on real world business problems and projects.

This gives them a unique insight into different business types, cultures and methods of working to develop a fully rounded skill set in data science and enable the graduate to make a more informed choice regarding their future career.

Welsh Financial Services Graduate Programme:

Unique to Wales, this innovative programme is managed by the Welsh Contact Centre Forum and delivered by global employers and academia. The programme is part funded by the European Social Fund.

Participating employers include Admiral, Atradius, Vauxhall Finance UK plc, DS Smith, Hodge Bank, Lexis Nexis, V12 Retail Finance, Composite Legal Expenses, Development Bank of WalesOptimum Credit, Principality Building SocietyLegal & General, Motonovo Finance and Monmouthshire Building Society.

Over two years, the Programme will provide highly valuable work experience through three industry placements rotating across three different participating employers.

Typical job roles include Product Development, Risk, Commercial Account
Management, Project Management, Finance, Financial Control, Business
Analysis, Research and Marketing.

During these placements, the graduates will be trained and work with team colleagues on real world business problems and projects.

This gives them a unique insight into different business types, cultures and methods of working to develop a fully rounded skill set across financial services and enable the graduate to make a more informed choice regarding their future career.

Since it started in 2013, the programme has recruited over 105 graduates and enabled 98% of graduates to secure permanent roles in their chosen career path and with their chosen employer.

The project is partly funded by the European Social Fund.

If you want to find out more about our programmes, or if you are a business interested in joining the consortium, contact the Programme Team at
careers@WCCF.uk