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At Border to Coast we value and invest in our people. Whatever stage they’ve reached in their career – intern, recent graduate, or experienced hire – we offer opportunities for all colleagues to learn and develop, gain recognised qualifications and progress.

It’s all part of our employee value proposition; we’re committed to recruiting and retaining skilled and diverse people.

Formal Qualifications

As an organisation, we are committed to nurturing each colleague’s personal development, supporting them to undertake relevant training, CPD and achieve formal qualifications.

Apart from agreed development programmes, for example apprenticeships or our graduate programme, Border to Coast pays 50% of the fees at the start of a development activity or course that is approved, and 50% on successful completion.

Support for programmes and other development activities are subject to the Border to Coast annual budgets and an application process.

In the past year, some of colleagues have achieved qualifications such as CFA Levels 1 to 3, MiRO certificates and CAIA, RICS and the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

GRADUATE PROGRAMME

The Border to Coast Graduate Programme offers opportunities to graduates keen to develop a career in financial analysis, finance, investments and asset management.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN DIFFERENT INVESTMENT FUNCTIONS

The four-year programme is open to graduates of all backgrounds and gives a full overview and experience of each of our investment functions. The programme focuses on developing key knowledge, skills and behaviours to support our purpose to make a difference to our Partner Funds’ investment outcomes.

Each graduate spends their first year as part of our Research team. This is followed by six-month rotations giving hands-on experience in different investment functions: External Management, Client Relationship Management, Alternative Investment, Fixed Income Investments, Research and Portfolio Risk. Uniquely, as a specialist asset manager, our graduates work alongside highly experienced colleagues, gaining from access to their expertise.

FULLY FUNDED QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

The programme supports graduates with a complete ‘learning and development’ package. This includes on-the-job training and fully-funded opportunities to gain formal qualifications including CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and IMC (Investment Management Certificate).

Hear first-hand from our latest cohort of graduates about their experience at Border to Coast.

If you are interested in applying for our next Graduate intake, please contact amy.rugan@bordertocoast.org.uk

Apply for our 2023 Graduate Programme

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Internship

We’re an active supporter of GAIN Girls Are Investors and its annual internship programme.

The internship, which is paid and runs between June and September, gives an opportunity for female and non-binary people across the UK to learn about investment management and work out if it’s the career for them.

Our GAIN interns benefit from a challenging and rewarding experience, an insight into the investment management industry generally and Border to Coast in particular.

GAIN prepares interns through online resources, events and their tailored pre-internship programme.

Contact GAIN for more information about their support, internship programme and how to apply.

 

Case study: Rebecca

Rebecca was among the first cohort of GAIN interns, spending eight weeks at Border to Coast in summer 2021 when in her penultimate year at university. After completing her degree studies, Rebecca joined our graduate scheme in 2022.

“a very interesting and insightful experience”

Rebecca says: “I found out about GAIN by chance and, after some research, applied for the internship.

“I particularly enjoyed the collaborative nature of Border to Coast as I worked within the research team with analysts and research managers, as well as joining introductory sessions run by portfolio managers in the internal equities team, the external management team and alternatives. This gave me a breadth of exposure to different asset classes early on.

“Getting to work with and learn from experienced investment professionals was a very interesting and insightful experience. Throughout my programme, I felt very supported in my role to integrate into the team, develop my analytical skills and gain an insight into the investment world.

“tangible investment experience”

“The internship prepared me for my current role by improving my knowledge of the investment industry and having tangible investment experience to draw upon during the interview and assessment selection period. On a personal development level, the internship improved my confidence in my abilities and ability to form professional relationships.”

A photograph of a blonde woman holding a university certificate on graduation day.
“The graduate scheme gives you quite a well-rounded view of how the investment business works and I think there’s alot of value in that. If you just work in equity research, you might be very good at picking stocks to go in an investment portfolio, but you have no idea how client money comes in, how it’s dealt with properly, how we meet the regulations to be able to do it. If you want to progress into a management role, certainly at the more senior levels you have to know how the business works rather than just how a portfolio works.”
“I’ve worked in a lot of places where the Operations team was just an afterthought. But here, we built the operating model, recruited the team, started from scratch. Your opinion is always heard and appreciated – and development is always available.”
“Because Border to Coast is new, we’ve had an opportunity to create our values and live by them. For Border To Coast, we need to have values because that’s how we do good business, our values are comprehensible – they’re in our DNA. I know what it means to be collaborative in our role.”
“Border to Coast has really engaged my learning and development, and with the soft skills I learnt in my placement with GAIN, it’s given me a sense of purpose and satisfaction. I’ve never had one day where I haven’t wanted to come to work – I enjoy the social aspects, I get along with my colleagues really well, I enjoy the sense of achievement and challenge, setting myself and being set targets and goals, adding value to people’s roles and the company.”