Graduate Programme 2020/2021

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Applications for our Graduate Programme have now closed.

Are you driven, determined, open to possibilities and eager to learn? Are you motivated to work for the public interest in an organisation that will value you and encourage you to be yourself? Now is the time for you to make a difference – we can offer you the opportunity to do just that.

In choosing to start your career with Central Bank of Ireland, your career and development will be our priority and we will provide the environment and opportunities for you to:

  • Make a real difference and deliver output that matters
  • Benefit from a panoramic view of the financial system
  • Achieve your personal and professional goals   

What does our Graduate Programme involve?

Our three-year Graduate Programme will allow you to experience the diverse and unique work we’re involved in. You’ll be able to make a difference by participating in activities like:

  • Contributing to the development of policies, procedures and frameworks – such as how we regulate firms or how we run our organisation
  • Leveraging  your curiosity  to identify and drive continuous improvement
  • Providing solutions – underpinned by research and analysis – to complex problems that are unique to working at the Central Bank
  • Undertaking tailored training while developing and enhancing your technical and soft skills across a range of areas such as stakeholder engagement, risk management and business strategy.

During the programme, you’ll participate in a number of rotations, which will accelerate your development – allowing you to improve your technical and interpersonal skills through meaningful and challenging work.

You'll work with people who have diverse degrees, backgrounds and skill-sets. Diversity of thinking is key to success at the Central Bank – we encourage individuals from all degree disciplines to apply. No matter your area of study, you can expect a rewarding and challenging career at the Central Bank, whether you are working in our operations, regulation, central banking or conduct teams.

What benefits are on offer?

Our Graduate Programme offers a variety of rewards and benefits to support you on your journey.
These include:

  • Competitive salary (c. €31k)
  • 24 days’ annual leave
  • Flexible working hours to facilitate work-life balance
  • Defined benefit pension scheme
  • Excellent personal development and training opportunities
  • Recognition programme
  • Wide-ranging sports and social opportunities
  • A Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme
  • Employee wellness programmes
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Taxsaver commuter ticket scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme.

Find out more about the benefits of working at Central Bank of Ireland.

What do current graduates think of the programme?

Listen to our current bunch of graduates talking about their experiences of the programme:

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 In applying for the programme, you also have the option of choosing to specialise in Data, Digital and Technology.

What are we looking for?

At the Central Bank, attitude is every bit as important as ability. You will have every opportunity to develop if you are a team player, have passion for what you do and have a desire to continuously improve. If you love to learn and really want to make a difference, you’ll feel at home from day one.

If you have these skills and attributes, we want to hear from you:

  • You are driven, motivated and a self-starter
  • You are curious, adaptable, and open to opportunities
  • You know how to collaborate and make a positive impact in a team
  • You are an independent thinker – prepared to challenge assumptions and bring new perspectives
  • You have achieved – or are on target for – a 2.1 in any degree discipline.

What about learning and development opportunities?

We know that ongoing opportunities for development and growth are important to you. We’re serious about creating an environment where everyone, everyday has the opportunity to learn, grow and make a difference.

We’ll provide you with the training and support you need to reach and exceed your career goals and set you up for success.

On our Graduate Programme, you can expect:

  • A tailored  induction programme
  • Rotations into different business areas to gain a broader perspective and experience
  • A comprehensive organisation-wide training curriculum, which will help you to develop a range of business and personal skills
  • Focused on-the-job training
  • State-of-the-art in-house training facilities and study spaces
  • Access to an up-to-date and modern physical and online library of resources
  • To have some fun along the way!

How can you make a difference beyond your role?

And how’s the social life?

We have a vibrant Sports & Social Club, which comprises numerous staffed activities and groups including athletics, photography, walking and surfing.

Membership of all our groups is encouraged from day one and our intranet provides updates and information on upcoming activities so you can stay in the picture at all times. 

Discover more about Central Bank Life.

What does the application process involve?

Our Graduate Programme application process is straightforward. It includes:

  • Online application form – where you will upload your CV
  • Online aptitude testing
  • Brief phone interview – to help us understand why you’re interested in the programme and how you see yourself making a difference in our organization
  • Competency-based interview and assessment – conducted virtually

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Ways of working

Due to COVID-19, successful applicants may have an element of remote (home) working as part of the Graduate Programme.

We have put a significant number of supports in place to make the experience of those working remotely as seamless as possible – we have a modern IT infrastructure to help us in collaborating virtually with our colleagues, we  will provide you with the equipment you will need, and we have implemented new ways to keep our people connected.

We know that working remotely can be difficult, so we are ensuring that our people and their wellbeing are our top priority.

Watch Fionn’s guide to our current ways of working:

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How can I apply?

Applications for our Graduate Programme have now closed. Roles on the programme commence in October 2021.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our Graduate Programme 2020/21 please contact our recruitment team