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The FCA Academy

The work we do impacts millions of people and thousands of businesses, which is why we are dedicated to learning, sharing our knowledge and teaching others.

The FCA Academy offers an exciting range of learning and development opportunities. It’s part of our commitment to ‘always learning’. It’s here to empower everyone.

Whether you’re an administrator or a director, we encourage our people to explore the benefits of the FCA Academy. With a combination of on-the-job development, formal and self-directed learning, you’ll find the intellectual stimulation and the confidence you need to excel.

The FCA curriculum

We are building a learning culture where knowledge is freely shared, expertise is valued and where development programmes help our people to perform at their best. The FCA curriculum evolves continuously to meet our business needs and further your skills. We offer a range of learning opportunities in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Financial Markets & Services
  • IT & Systems
  • Regulatory Learning
  • Project & Programme Management
  • Leadership & People Management
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • External Learning & Qualifications
  • Accelerated Development
  • Structured learning plans


For those who have worked with us for a year, we run a programme of strategic secondments across the UK, Europe and internationally. If you’re offered a placement, you could find yourself working with an international regulator such as the SEC in Washington DC.

These secondments will allow you to support our international agenda, work on key policy issues and develop your career in regulation. We also have consumer-focused secondment opportunities to organisations such as charities or the firms that we regulate.


We are working towards the Department of Education’s public sector employer target to develop 2.3% of our workforce through apprenticeships annually. We are confident of achieving this target by 31 March 2020. You can find a summary of our progress below:

We aim to be an employer of choice, offering unique career opportunities and an inclusive workplace where everyone aspires to perform at their best. Through the use of apprenticeships, we aspire to build capabilities that are fit for the future.

During 2018, we started 79 new apprenticeships to our new and existing staff, giving us a total of 92 apprentices on programme as at 31 March 2019. This benefited 2.13% of our total workforce.

Apprenticeships at the FCA now cover 17 development programmes, across a range of subjects relevant to our work. Apprenticeship standards covering Compliance and Risk were our largest cohorts, followed by Financial Services Professional, Digital & Technology, Data Analytics and Cyber Security and a range of corporate services apprenticeships including HR, business administration and accountancy. 

We are continuing to build on our range of apprenticeship offers, and we expect to exceed the public sector target of 2.3% of our total workforce on apprenticeship programmes by 31 March 2020.

*Duty reporting calculation