Ryan Davies, interim managing director of Mortgages at Hodge has joined the advisory board of Financial Services Graduate Scheme.

Davies initially got his first job at Hodge through the Welsh graduate scheme.

He said: “I joined the graduate scheme in September 2015, and was fortunate to secure a placement at Hodge, working in the compliance and risk team.

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“At the end of my placement, I was offered a permanent role working in the risk team. This was a great role for my development as it gave me exposure to a wide variety of areas within the bank.”

The scheme, which is run by Wales Contact Centre Forum, started in 2013, and has recruited over 105 graduates, with 98% of those securing permanent roles in their chosen fields.

Davies continued: “After working in various roles within Hodge, in March of this year, I was offered the opportunity to become interim managing director for the division. I feel incredibly fortunate to be where I am today.”

“The graduate programme has played such a pivotal role in my career, when I heard there was an opportunity to join the advisory board, I jumped at it.

“The scheme has so much to offer both businesses and graduates and having the ability to shape the programme utilising my first-hand experience with the aim of inspiring more graduates and businesses to take part, just felt like a great way to give back.”