FIRSTPLUS GRADUATE MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
FIRSTPLUS Financial Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays plc and is part of the UK Loans and Brokerage “cluster” which is a key part of Barclaycard UK. Established in 1997, it has become a market leader in the provision of secured loans. We aim to help our customers to either get their finances under control by replacing expensive short term credit with a single affordable loan or by helping them raise money for a major purchase. We have over 95,000 customers with a lending book of £3.25 billion.
About our People
We employ a team of 350 people and are growing at a rapid rate, which is indicative of our success. All of our people are ‘individuals and not numbers’ and are offered the opportunity to be the best they can be.
All our team are committed to providing a world-class service to our customers and aspire to always ‘be a pleasure to do business with’
About Our Culture
There is a work hard play hard culture at FIRSTPLUS. We invest heavily in social benefits and facilities in exchange for high performance and commitment from our team. The environment is supportive and we strive to provide a place in which our people can flourish, making us Number 12 in this year’s Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For.
About the scheme
The FIRSTPLUS Fast Track Graduate Development Scheme will help you to develop technical and managerial skills and gain a formal qualification to prove it. At the same time you will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to the business right from the start.
During an 18 month rotation you will spend time on three six-month secondments in different parts of the business, which may include, for example, Strategy and Planning, Marketing, Finance, Customer Care, Credit Risk, Human Resources or Underwriting. On each of these secondments you will develop business acumen by working on a project of strategic importance, helping to identify and implement innovative solutions and deliver real benefits.
Along with opportunity we will provide all the support you might need. A comprehensive induction will provide you with a strong foundation of business-specific knowledge.
Formal training will be provided by a series of workshops in the first 12 months. You will also have the opportunity to gain a Certificate in Management from the Chartered Management Institute. By combining this with the chance to apply the learning back at work you will develop excellent organisational and project management skills that are transferable from one part of the business to another.
Graduate Scheme Entrant Testimonial
Caroline Lloyd- Fast Track Graduate Development Scheme Entrant 2005
“Even in my final year at University I didn’t know what I wanted to do after I graduated. One thing was sure though, I didn’t want to join a graduate scheme and be stuck in the same role for 2 years. That’s what attracted me to FIRSTPLUS. The Graduate Development Scheme gives a great opportunity to join a structured and focused graduate scheme, but also gives you the flexibility to work in different parts of the business. You can work in areas you may never have thought of and really find where your strengths and interests lie.
My first secondment in Strategy and Planning has given me real insight into the key issues facing the business, and a great overall perspective of the company. It isn’t always easy, and you need to work hard, but you will be rewarded with real responsibility. It’s nice to know that the projects I’m working on could have a real impact on the future of the company.
FIRSTPLUS is a really good company to work for, with the ‘big company’ backing of Barclays but with a friendly, community feel. The company has always been based in Cardiff and is rightly proud of its roots. Cardiff is a great place to work and live, and to prove it isn’t all hard work , there are regular social events organised by the company.
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