Profile Overview

The Grad Scheme (The Verve Group)

Financial Services & Insurance

We’re not the traditional company you’d associate with financial services. We’re young, modern and champions for breaking the mould to attract top talent to us, and ultimately, into financial services. We don’t stand still for long – we believe if you’re standing still, you’re going backwards to the rest of the world. And so, we’re always adapting to ever evolving world around us, which is an exciting place to be as we explore new opportunities that come our way. We’ve got ambitious plans ahead of us and we can’t do them alone, so if you have a passion for progression and want to help us shape the future of finance, we want to hear from you. We have two missions: To provide the best support services around and create a future for finance.

Graduate / Trainee Financial Services Analyst

Full-time permanent
Darlington, UK
Work environment
Hybrid remote
Finance, Legal & Compliance
Valid until
August 23, 2024
Start date
January 31, 2024

Sick of googling 'graduate jobs north east'? Or still wondering what the best graduate jobs are in the North East? Considering what happens in the world of finance? Or perhaps, how you go about getting into it and what roles are available (spoiler alert: it's not just an adviser!)...

You could join our ever-growing team at The Verve Group and have the opportunity to learn the ropes and springboard you into a rewarding and successful career with us, in financial services, right here in the North East. Roles with us include, but are not limited to, paraplanning, regulation, technical research, investment propositions and so much more.

About the roles

In all of our trainee and graduate jobs, we always start with learning the basics first – it’s the best foundation for success (much like internships). This involves getting some training on the background of financial services and learning all about the billion-pound UK finance sector and the importance of people receiving sound financial advice.

After some theoretical learning and example practice work, you’ll move onto working on real life client cases, getting to grips with the administration that's involved behind the scenes of any piece of advice, alongside learning the ins and outs of a range of financial products, like pensions, ISAs, and general investments.

Within three months we are confident we can provide you with a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge combined with practical work to provide you with a stepping stone into one of our more technical areas of expertise.

At this point, we will reassess your skills and work to that point and align your natural acumen with one of the technical opportunities available. This may be in paraplanning, compliance or any number of other technical roles focussed on delivering our services.

You will then spend a further three months in that role, expanding your expertise and applying your knowledge to your specific role, for the remainder of your 6-month probationary period.

If you successfully complete your probation, you’ll then be incorporated fully into the Verve team and have access to all of the benefits this brings! We will work with you to agree your own personal development programme for the rest of the year, with the expectation you’ll keep developing your skills and continue your education with financial services specific qualifications (all fully paid for and supported by us!)

About you

As an organisation, we ask for only two things when recruiting; you do a top quality job (we're not the place for people seeking to do the bare minimum) and that you’re nice (we champion a positive workplace) - both are key ingredients to a successful career with us, graduate job or otherwise.

We have a great track record attracting new talent, including trainees and graduates, to financial services - having won awards for our graduate programme and members of the team recognised as future leaders. So if you think we're on the same page, are committed to learn something new and have a real interest creating a career in financial services, then get applying!

As with all trainee / graduate jobs, this role heavily involves a broad range of training - both of our internal systems, technology and processes, as well as understanding financial services. Typically, it's a role that's always been popular with graduates (but a degree isn't a prerequisite!) and those developing or taking their career in a different direction. Strong written English is a must, as is a can-do, pro-active attitude to learn the ropes of the role and the industry.

About us

The Verve Group offers a range of outsourced support services to financial advisers and planners. We have two key missions; to help support good quality financial advice firms to grow and develop, and secondly, to attract new people into financial services and help train them up, for the good of the future of finance (just like this role!).

We have big ambitions and approach financial services with a fun and positive outlook and offer a range of benefits to permanent employees to ensure our team feel supported and motivated. We reward loyalty and offer enhanced benefits to long-service employees, but as standard (once you’ve successfully completed your 6 month probation) these include…

"Standard" benefits
  • 21 days basic holiday allowance (increasing 1 day per year for each year’s service, to a max of 26 days); plus bank holidays; plus Christmas close-down and your birthday off if it falls on a weekday.
  • Death in service cover
  • Personal development budget (for exams, training, anything to help support your growth!)
  • Personalised pay structure to reflect your own effort and contribution
  • Hybrid working with the ability to work from home (on completion of training, relevant to role and dependant on experience)
  • Access to lifestyle benefits such as meditation app, highstreet discount and rewards app and financial wellbeing platform.
  • Additional legacy benefits such as an EMI scheme, to allow you to hold shares and be part of the value we are building together, and enhanced maternity and paternity leave available after a qualifying period.
"What makes us different" benefits
  • Dress code? Not here! We want you to be yourself and comfortable - but maybe no pyjamas please!
  • Being part of a motivated company with a higher purpose and strong values.
  • Health and wellbeing programme and initiatives
  • Office snacks and refreshments
  • Open plan ‘living office’ environment – including rocking (or sometimes dubious) playlists, beer/wine fridge, breakout lounge, breakfast club, ping pong table.
  • 2 official annual company parties (in the North East), plus ad hoc team nights out and monthly enrichment sessions
  • Office dogs welcome!

About the money

A starting salary pay of £22,500, increasing at key milestones as you progress through the graduate training programme. 

Applications are open for our next graduate programme (applications are always welcome as we launch regular cohorts throughout the year).

The next graduate assessment day is scheduled for Thursday 25th April 2024 and will take place in our Darlington office (in North East England) where we hope you'll join us.

Please apply as soon as possible to be considered.

Skills you will practice

  • Data Reporting
  • Database Management
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Data Collection & Management


  • Death in service cover
  • Pension Scheme
  • Personal development budget
  • Hybrid working
  • Lifestyle benefits
  • EMI scheme
Driving License
Offers visa sponsorship

What you will learn

  • Financial Services
  • Paraplanning
  • Regulation
  • Administration
  • Technical research
  • Data Analysis
  • Investments
  • Pensions
  • ISA's

Progression paths

  • Paraplanning
  • Regulation
  • File Checker
  • Finance Administrator
  • Compliance

What type of person would fit best?

  • Pro-active
  • Problem solver
  • Strong written english
  • Good communication
  • Organised
  • Using initiative