The Financial Technology Higher-Level Apprenticeship [HLA] programme – the first of its kind in the UK – is an industry-focused degree designed to provide employers with forward thinking students with an in-depth knowledge of core finance and technology principles. Students undertaking the course will secure a job within industry whilst simultaneously studying for a BSc (Hons) Financial Technology degree on a part-time basis.
With the economic and societal fallout from COVID-19 having a profound impact across the region, the resilience and adaptability of the FinTech sector will play a pertinent role in supporting economic recovery. The growing demand for skilled financial technology workers means that apprenticeships will serve as an important route for employers in finding and developing new talent to meet industry needs.
Claire Mc Cann, Course Director at Ulster University Business School said:
"New technology infrastructure continues to shape the future of financial services, and now is an opportune time to invest in creating aspiring financial leaders. This dynamic programme integrates the latest academic knowledge with practical skills, affording students a unique opportunity to develop a broad skillset whilst keeping their businesses up-to date with modern techniques, technology and increasing productivity for the future. Higher Level Apprenticeships are a cost-effective pathway in securing a direct talent pipeline for employers, and I would urge those organisations interested in upskilling their current staff or securing new talent in this field to consider providing apprenticeship places as part of this scheme.”
Alex Lee, Co-founder and Director of FinTech NI said:
"One of the key factors driving Northern Ireland's emergence as a global FinTech Hub is the development of world class local skills and talent. Our local universities have been central in this through their coverage of new and advanced technologies on the curriculum. Ulster University Business School's new BSc (Hons) in Financial Technology, one of the first to be offered anywhere in the UK, will undoubtedly advance this position."
Starting in September 2020, the BSc (Hons) in Financial Technology HLA is taught over four years and includes a diverse range of modules from across Ulster University Business School and the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment covering topics such as computer programming, business analysis, financial modelling, principles of investment, big data, FinTech and innovation.
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