Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) is the industry body for financial services in Scotland, representing small start-ups to large global businesses.
SFE and its member firms want to inspire all young people in Scotland to consider the wide range of rewarding careers in financial services.
The Financial Services Unified Schools Programme (USP) was developed by SFE members, Developing the Young Workforce and Skills Development Scotland to encourage and inspire school pupils to consider and explore the career opportunities offered by financial services.
A Financial services career is more than just working in a bank.
There are lots of exciting opportunities from cyber security to accountancy, or insurance to investments.
A snapshot of our industry:
Employs 160,000 people in Scotland, 6% of national employment
The second largest financial services cluster in the UK after London and a growing fintech hub
More than 2,000 financial services businesses, supported by 3,650 professional services firms
Through the Unified Schools Programme (USP), young people will discover careers they didn’t know existed. They will also gain an insight into the running of some of the biggest financial services companies in Scotland including BlackRock, Baillie Gifford, Deloitte, Bank of Scotland, HSBC, JP Morgan and many more.
Our USP Key Messages
What do young people say about our programme?
“Before taking part in the programme I thought financial services was just men in suits managing money but it’s completely different to that. I saw just how many diverse jobs there are in a financial services company, during my two days I spent time with teams in data analysis, IT client relationships and marketing. And it definitely wasn’t all men, there were lots of women”
“I’d already decided that I would apply for an apprenticeship after school, something computer based but never considered financial services. Now I know that there are a range of computer and technology jobs available in financial services I will definitely be exploring the industry for apprenticeship opportunities”