SWINDON-BASED financial advice and investment network Openwork is launching its first graduate wealth pathway scheme.

The initiative offers the potential for careers in financial services within the company.

It builds on the business' investment in recruitment and staff support, which has seen more than 100 advisers join the network, and the expansion of its academy despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The scheme is open to graduates with 2:1 degrees and higher who have had work experience either after or during their degree. Openwork aims to complete recruitment by the end of November and to agree start dates in early 2021.

The company is aiming to recruit 25 graduates to work remotely or at its Swindon head office. They will learn about the business and the new customer relationship management system being rolled out to adviser firms across the network.

As part of their initial 12-month fixed-term contract, graduate trainees will be supported to work with adviser firms on the adoption of the CRM system ConcertHub. Openwork is committed to helping trainees potentially move on to careers in the financial advice industry.

Chief executive Philip Howell said: “I see this very much as a win-win for both these new graduates and Openwork.

“At a time when employment prospects for our young are looking bleak, we have a chance to give 25 young people a career pathway in our industry.

“They will have the opportunity to achieve chartered status, grounded in practical experience, supporting our partner firms and ultimately take their place in our succession plans.”

Visit apply.openwork.uk.com/vacancies/32/graduate-wealth-pathway.html