FDC Financial Consultant Training Academy - FDC Group
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If you are interested in building a career with one of Ireland’s most progressive advisory firms, we would love to hear from you.

  • The Programme
  • The Process
  • We Want You If...
  • Benefits
  • Click Here to Apply!

The Programme

The FDC Financial Consultant Training Academy is a robust 12 month, earn as you learn, opportunity.

The programme will be a blend of academic tuition which will lead to a Level 7 Professional Diploma in Financial Advice (QFA) and expert on the job training.

While earning a competitive salary, each apprentice will, on a rotational basis, be based in one of FDC’s network of offices and have a dedicated mentor for the duration of the course.

At FDC we build long-term financial planning relationships with our clients. We put them first, organise their finances, and help them along the way, sharing in their triumphs and their hard times.

Closing date for all applications is 27th of August 2021.

The Training

We will seek to take in new entrants to the financial advisory industry and provide appropriate financial planning training but most of all an appreciation of the FDC Way.

Our objective is to provide practical training and knowledge to all trainees, so they are fully proficient to begin their career within the company

  • This programme will run over an 12 month period.
  • Whilst undertaking this training programme, each apprentice will also complete their QFA exams and will receive full support for this.
  • 6 QFA Modules and exams in total
    • Life Assurance
    • Loans
    • Financial Regulation
    • Pensions
    • Investments
    • Financial Planning
  • The programme will be a mixture of classroom based learning and, on the job training where each trainee will, on a rotational basis, be based in one of FDC’s network of offices and have a dedicated mentor for the duration of the course.
  • Trainees will learn technical knowledge, logistical structures and systems as well as behavioural awareness and techniques.
  • We will accept applications until 27/08/2021.

The Process

We Want You If...

  • You are the kind of person that people go to for advice,
  • You like to help,
  • You are an excellent communicator,
  • You have analytical, research & mathematical skills,
  • You have the ability to build and maintain relationships,
  • You are a strong decision maker,
  • You have a full clean driving license or you are in the process of obtaining one,
  • You have the right to work in Ireland.


  • Earn & Learn
  • QFA membership and exams fully financed
  • Competitive salary
  • Opportunity to become a fully fledged Financial Consultant on completion of training
  • Excellent work life balance
  • Opportunity for career progression
  • Ongoing support and training

Click Here to Apply!

Meet FDC Training Academy Graduates

  • Apply here for the FDC Financial Consultant Training Academy 2021

Need some help with your Application Form and Video? Looking for FAQ?

  • Need some help with your Application Form and Video?

    Application form

    • Prepare yourself, gather all your basic information, personal details, education, career to date etc.
    • Remember, you only get one chance to make a good first impression, so make it count.
    • Take your time completing each part and pay attention to details.
    • Try to avoid waffle. Make your answers accurate, concise and applicable.
    • If you’re having trouble coming up with answers to some of the questions, take a step back and consider whether this career and training program are really something you want to accomplish.
    • Consider your responses and draw on your work, academic, and social experiences as examples. Persuade us that you have what we are looking for.
    • All responses in the written application are required; if any fields are left blank, your entry will not be accepted.
    • Review Review Review! Go over all of your answers and make sure everything is correct and you haven’t left anything out.


    This is your chance to show us you’re exactly what we’re looking for, so be yourself and demonstrate the ‘Personality’ we seek.

    • Plan what you’re going to say or do.
    • Use your phone, your laptop or a camera.
    • If you are not comfortable shooting yourself, ask a friend to take the video.
    • Shoot in landscape.
    • Try to avoid background noise.
    • Be creative.
    • Have fun with it whilst still being professional.
    • Watch it back and retake if you need to.
    • Make some edits if you can.
    • Show who you are in all aspects of your life.
    • Stick to the time limit.

    How to upload your video to YouTube and Vimeo


    Visit YouTube.com and sign in or create an account

    • Click ‘Upload’ at the top right of the home page
    • Select your file to upload
    • Click the dropdown menu and select ‘Unlisted’
    • If you set it to Private we will not be able to see it!
    • Unlisted means that only people with the link to the video can view it.
    • Click ‘Done’

    Congratulations! Your video has been uploaded – copy and paste the link!


    Visit Vimeo.com and either sign in or create an account

    • Click ‘Upload’ in the top right hand corner
    • On the Privacy drop down box, select ‘Only People with the Private Link’
    • Then click choose file to upload and select your video
    • Once your video has finished uploading, click the green box ‘Upload complete! Go to video’
    • From here you can preview your video

    Congratulations! Your video has been uploaded – copy and paste the link!

  • FDC Financial Consultant Training Academy FAQ


    The Financial Consultant Training Programme is an initial 12 month offering, After this initial 12 month period based on performance during the programme you may be offered a permanent Financial Consultant role in one of our offices across Ireland.


    We’re accepting applications until 27th of August 2021.


    The base location for the training programme will be in our new Training Academy Building in Cork City. This is where you will do your initial induction training, training in a class room setting covering exam preparation, skills and systems training and everything you need to become a successful Financial Consultant. You will be required at various intervals to go on office rotation which will require you to travel to an office for a short term rotation shadowing staff in that office. It will be at one of our various locations in our office network.


    Yes, all financial consultant roles within FDC Financial Services require a full, clean driving licence as travel will be required with the office network. If you don’t have a full licence but have applied for your driving test then include this date in your online application.


    This really is up to you. Make an impression in your first year and you can be offered a permanent position in an established area. Your career opportunities are limited only by your own ambitions and dedication.


    We look for well rounded, confident, charismatic and passionate personalities. We’ll encourage and develop these attributes and broaden your skills, we will provide you with a strong foundation for a successful career in the Financial Services Industry.


    We are looking for people with a business acumen who are interested in marketing, sales, project management, or other commercial opportunities. As a result, we will seek candidates with a third-level degree in a relevant discipline (such as business, economics, or financial mathematics), but we will not rule out any other candidates. It’s a definite plus if you can supplement your academic credentials with some real-world experience.


    This is an earn and learn programme. You’ll get a competitive remuneration package, including a laptop, phone, company benefits package. But that’s just the superficial stuff, what you ultimately get is the opportunity to kick-start a lifelong career with FDC Financial Services Ltd.


    Once we receive all applications and videos a rigorous consideration process begins. We pride ourselves on the quality of our recruits, so bear with us. You’ve put a lot of time into submitting your application so we like to ensure we put the time into reviewing your application. When we’ve made our decision, successful applicants will be notified and invited to the assessment centre stage.


    You will be working office hours 9.30 to 5.30.


    The 12 month training programme is based in Cork so it is possible that you might need to relocate. Once qualified and offered a permanent position you could be assigned to any of our nationwide offices so again relocation may be a possibility then too.


    There will be 8 to 10 candidates taken on for this training programme.

About FDC Group

The FDC (Farm Development Co-Op) story began in 1973 in the rural village of Dunmanway established by Mr Jack Murphy, General Manager.

Although the group now employs in excess of 430 people across 39 different locations nationwide, we remain true to our core values of delivering a quality service and total business solution to our clients proportionate to their need and partnering other service providers to this end as appropriate.

FDC Financial Services Ltd offers a financial planning service designed specifically for our clients.

As a home grown Irish business serving our clients for over 40 years we are closely and uniquely connected to the concerns, demands and future plans of our clients.  Consequently, we are proud to have become trusted advisors to the second and third generation of many clients.

FDC Financial Services today has one of the most highly qualified financial planning teams in Ireland with all our senior consultants being Certified Financial Planners.

Our plan is to help you realise yours!

FDC Financial Services Ltd is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.