Independent third level institution, Griffith College and Central Bank of Ireland have opened their annual Scholarship Programme to this year’s Leaving Cert graduates. The programme offers a four-year contract for up to four students to earn over €28,000 per year working full-time at the Central Bank, while undertaking a fully funded part-time business degree at Griffith College.
The Scholarship Programme is now open to applicants who have finished school this year and would be due to start third-level or commence employment in Autumn 2022. The successful students will enrol on a business or accounting and finance degree at Griffith College while commencing full-time roles with the Central Bank in October 2022. Twenty students have taken part in the programme to date, which is now in its fifth year, with a number of individuals in their final year of the programme taking up permanent roles within the organisation.
Seamus Fitzpatrick, Head of the Business Faculty at Griffith College, said: ‘Griffith College is committed to developing strong relationships with industry partners to ensure our students have the skills and competencies required to excel in a very dynamic business environment. This successful scholarship programme with the Central Bank of Ireland is a demonstration of this close collaboration. It presents a rare opportunity for students to earn an immediate entry-level salary and gain invaluable experience in a very prestigious organisation while at the same time acquire an internationally recognised third-level qualification.
Central Bank Chief People Officer, Patricia Kenny said ‘We are proud to continue our long partnership with Griffith College for the fifth year running. This scholarship affords participants the opportunity to get real experience, working alongside talented colleagues, both virtually and in hybrid, in a first class business campus. Our programme ensures that talent from all backgrounds have access to the best training in an inclusive and fulfilling workplace and gives scholars a great boost to their early careers.
The Central Bank is committed to being an organisation that recognises the value of diversity among its people, and where everyone feels included and valued irrespective of their differences.
Students who wish to apply for the scholarship should have completed their Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) and meet the entry criteria for an honours degree programme.
Applications are open until 21st August 2022 at www.centalbank.ie/scholarship.