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Early Careers at the Financial Conduct Authority

With us you’ll find opportunities to make a difference on a national scale, and develop skills and insights that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

Graduate programmes

To give you the exposure you need to excel, our two-and-a-half year graduate programmes are made up of multiple rotations and an external secondment.

You’ll spend your first two years experiencing different parts of the FCA and growing your networks. At the same time, you’ll be collaborating with teams across your division, honing your skills and technical knowledge and developing a real insight into financial services. You’ll round out your experience with a final placement in industry.

We have four different programmes available to our graduates:

  • Enforcement
  • Market Oversight
  • Supervision
  • Economics
  • Strategy & Competition

Summer internships

Our summer internship is your chance to work and learn alongside industry experts, giving you everything you need to decide whether a regulatory career is for you. If successful, you could also be offered a place on one of our graduate programmes for the following year.


Starting in October 2018, our Apprenticeship Programmes offer you an 18-24 month opportunity to take part in key aspects of our day-to-day work. You’ll develop new skills and gain an industry leading professional qualification while you earn a highly competitive £18,000 salary. We look for passion and integrity as well as ambition and aptitude. We don't require you to have previous work experience, but you will need to have attained 5 GCSEs (A-C) and 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

We're committed to helping you achieve your potential. Along with support from your line manager, you’ll have access to a dedicated Skills Coach who'll help you balance your work and study time. With us, you'll benefit from a varied workload and the opportunity to continually develop.

Our offer to you

With us, you’ll find opportunities to make a difference on both a national and international scale. You'll contribute to developing and implementing regulation that affects millions of consumers and thousands of businesses across the financial services industry.

You’ll experience a unique view of how markets work, and develop skills and insights that you won’t find anywhere else.

You’ll also have access to a range of rewards and benefits, including:

  • Access to the FCA Academy
  • Career and family leave
  • A non-contributory pension
  • A minimum of 25 days’ holiday
  • Interest-free season ticket loans
  • Private healthcare
  • Free eye tests
  • Subsidised on-site fitness centre (London only)
  • Flexible working options
  • Performance-based bonus
  • Charity and volunteering initiatives
  • On-site doctor and physiotherapist
  • Sports and social clubs
  • A reflection and multi-faith room
  • A subsidised restaurant

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