Graduate Programme 2019/2020

Central Bank Graduate Recruitment Programme 2019-2020

Applications for our Graduate Programme have now closed.

Are you driven, determined, open to possibilities and eager to learn? Are you motivated to work for the public interest in an organisation that will value you and encourage you to be yourself? Now is the time for you to make a difference – we can offer you the opportunity to do just that.

In choosing to start your career with Central Bank of Ireland, your career and development will be our priority and we will provide the environment and opportunities for you to:

  • Make a real difference and deliver output that matters
  • Benefit from a panoramic view of the financial system
  • Achieve your personal and professional goals.

Our Programme

Our three-year Graduate Programme will allow you to experience the diverse and unique work we’re involved in. You’ll be able to make a difference by participating in activities like:

  • Contributing to the development of policies, procedures and frameworks – such as how we regulate firms or how we run our organisation
  • Leveraging  your curiosity  to identify and drive continuous improvement initiatives
  • Providing solutions – underpinned by research and analysis – to complex problems that are unique to working at the Central Bank
  • Undertaking tailored training while developing and enhancing your technical and soft skills  across  a  range of areas  such as stakeholder engagement, risk management and business strategy.

During the programme, you’ll participate in a number of rotations, which will accelerate your development – allowing you to improve your technical and interpersonal skills through meaningful and challenging work.

You'll work with people who have diverse degrees, backgrounds and skill-sets. Diversity of thinking is key to success at the Central Bank – we encourage individuals from all degree disciplines to apply. No matter your area of study, you can expect a rewarding and challenging career at the Central Bank, whether this is working in our regulation, central banking, conduct or operations teams.

Interested? Let one of our current graduates, Chillian, tell you about his experience of the programme.

 In applying for the programme, you also have the option of choosing to specialise in Data, Digital and Technology.

What We’re Looking For

At the Central Bank, attitude is every bit as important as ability. You will have every opportunity to develop if you are a team player, have passion for what you do and have a desire to continuously improve. If you love to learn and sincerely want to make a difference, you’ll feel at home from day one.

If you have these skills and attributes, we want to hear from you:

  • You are driven, motivated and a self-starter
  • You are curious, adaptable, and open to opportunities
  • You know how to collaborate and make a positive impact in a team
  • You are an independent thinker – prepared to challenge assumptions and bring new perspectives
  • You have achieved – or are on target for – a 2.1 in any degree discipline.


Our Graduate Programme offers a variety of rewards and benefits to support you on your journey.
These include:

  • Competitive salary (c. €30k)
  • 24 days’ annual leave
  • Excellent personal development and training opportunities
  • Educational assistance and paid study leave
  • Flexible working hours to facilitate work-life balance
  • Defined benefit pension scheme
  • Recognition programme
  • Wide-ranging sports and social opportunities
  • A Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme
  • Employee wellness programmes
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Taxsaver commuter ticket scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme.

Find out more about the benefits of working at Central Bank of Ireland.

Be Different. Be Curious.

We know that ongoing opportunities for development and growth are important to you. We’re serious about creating an environment where everyone, everyday has the opportunity to learn, grow and make a difference.

We’ll provide you with the training and support you need to reach and exceed your career goals and set you up for success.

On our Graduate Programme, you can expect:

  • A comprehensive induction programme
  • A tailored development programme that will support you on your learning journey
  • Rotations into different business areas to gain a broader perspective and experience
  • A comprehensive organisation-wide training curriculum, which will help you to develop a range of business and personal skills
  • A dedicated mentor to support you in achieving your goals 
  • Focused on-the-job training
  • State-of-the-art in-house training facilities and study spaces
  • Access to an up-to-date and modern physical and online library of resources
  • To have some fun along the way!

Interested? Listen to Natalia talk about her career in the Central Bank and the opportunities she has taken to grow and develop within her role.

Your Application

Our Graduate Programme application process is straightforward. It includes:

  • Online application form – where you will upload your CV
  • Online aptitude testing
  • Brief phone interview – to help us understand why you’re interested in the programme and how you see yourself making a difference in our organization
  • Competency-based interview and assessment (takes place on the same day).

Looking for tips on how to make your application stand out from the crowd, ace the aptitude tests and prepare for interview? See what our current graduates have to say.

So, you’ve applied to the programme, completed the aptitude testing and had a chat with one of our recruiters. We’re impressed with your skills and experience on paper and want to meet you for an interview and assessment. How can you put your best foot forward on the day?

We know that interviews can be daunting, so some of our hiring managers and current graduates have shared their top tips with us – how to prepare, what to expect on the day and what we’re looking for in the interview.

Equal Opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from a diverse mix of candidates. We have partnered with the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD) to fill a number of roles on our programme. If there are any reasonable adjustments you may need in order for us to see the best version of you at interview stage, please let us know. All disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential.


Applications for our Graduate Programme have now closed.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our Graduate Programme 2019/2020, please contact:
Claire O’Gorman
Graduate Programme Manager
Tel: +353 (0)1 224 6886

Central Bank Graduate Recruitment Programme 2019-2020