A SUCCESSFUL, young North-East company is looking for enthusiastic, ambitious graduates to join their dynamic and growing team.

Trying to debunk the myth of the financial sector as a dull career choice, The Grad Scheme, based in Darlington, recruits graduates with a ‘can-do’ attitude as Paraplanners and Compliance Support for Para-Sols and Apricity.

Both companies, as well as an industry-specific training academy called The Art of Finance, are collectively part of The Verve Group.

As the financial industry grows – with more people and businesses looking to their future wealth – so also does the administrative burden on Financial Advisors and Planners.

Outsourcing some of the routine, but fundamental, work – such as research, report writing and adhering to regulation – means that more and more advisory firms recognise the benefits of working with companies which offer a range of support services, such as Para-Sols and Apricity.

Para-sols was the first to offer that type of support service, and has gone from strength to strength since it was founded in 2009.

From the germ of an idea by company director, Cathi Harrison, Para-Sols is a thriving North-East success, which offers outsourcing paraplanning support. It was this success, and insight you get from working with more than a hundred financial advisory firms, that led to creation of sister company, Apricity, launched last year, offering support to reduce firms’ regulatory burden.

Across both companies, they employ a team of 35, and run two successful graduate intakes, supplying paraplanners and compliance support staff within both businesses.

If you have a good degree – in any discipline – a high standard of written English, and a great attitude towards learning, you might find that this is the right career choice for you.

Even individuals who never considered working in the finance sector are finding this sort of work to be challenging and stimulating, and, as part of the scheme, the business will pay for, and support you, through all your qualifications.

Founder and Director, Cathi Harrison, is encouraging graduates to think differently about a career in finance. She says: “We formalised the graduate scheme two years ago because we recognised a real need for talented, well-trained paraplanners. It has been an exciting journey, and we have a real passion to bring new people into the profession.

“Things are changing so quickly in the industry, and there are lots of graduates with the skills and ability to make a real success in these careers, who might never have considered it before.”

When you join The Grad Scheme, you become part of a young, friendly, vibrant, forward-thinking company whose mission is to “Give great service, lead the paraplanning and compliance industries in innovation – and have some fun doing it.”

The trainee programme will identify a clear route for your progression within the company, and ensure that every member of the team realises their potential.

If you think you could be the right person to be part of the Para-Sols or Apricity team, look at the vacancies on the website for information and to apply. Deadline for applications is March 27.


Para-Sols, Beehive, Lingfield Point, Darlington, DL1 1RW

Telephone: 01325 281 969

Email: hello@para-sols.co.uk