19 October 2020

Fast Track Your Financial Services Career With Edinburgh College

Edinburgh College is delighted to launch the latest round of the innovative Fast Track into Financial Services course which aims to help graduates secure roles in the ever-evolving industry.

What is Fast Track into Financial Services?

Fast Track into Financial Services is created in partnership between the College, Skills Development Scotland (SDS). As well as employers including Lloyds Banking Group, Sainsbury’s Bank, Tesco Bank, and TSB among others. This ensures the course curriculum is shaped around the immediate and future requirements of the industry.

Why should I apply?

Further growth is projected within Scotland’s Financial Services sector over the next decade. Employers will become reliant on a pool of emerging talent to help fill both existing and future roles, such as those in Cyber Security and Data Analytics.

Industry growth and increasing digitalisation mean that Scotland’s financial services sector needs to create competitive advantage that attracts, retains and develops more and diverse talent into the sector. By 2030 it is forecasted that there will a requirement for almost 50,000 additional jobs.

This six-week course is focused on preparing unemployed graduates with a HNC, HND, or degree level qualification (in any subject) for working in the world of a fast-moving Financial Services organisation.

The course will be co-delivered by professionals, ensuring an immediate connection between students and industry – providing more context to lessons.


Applicants can apply for bursary funding covering all costs of this course with no need to repay.

What will I study?

Subject areas include: Retail Banking; UK Financial Market Regulators; Treating Customers Fairly; Cyber Security; Financial Crime; Risk and Control Analytics; Diagnostics Analytics; Transactional Analytics; Communication and Collaboration; Professional Development; Business Motivation and Stakeholders; and Business Culture and Change.

We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and a range of high-profile employers to deliver this course. This bespoke course has been designed in collaboration to ensure that students are developing the skills that Financial Services sector organisations are looking for in employees – in a short period of time. This approach has been taken to help the workforce of Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife’s Financial Services industry become equipped with the skills and experience it needs.
Edinburgh College Enterprise and Commerce Curriculum Manager, Lynn Loudon
Fast Track is a terrific example of colleges and industry working together, allowing our students to learn from expert partners to propel themselves into an ever-evolving work environment. The course is tailored to ensure our students are trained to meet industry requirements by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to start their Financial Services career. We’re looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of budding Financial Services professionals. Vice Principal: Education and Skills, Jonny Pearson
Vice Principal: Education and Skills, Jonny Pearson