We have welcomed the first graduates of the year from our market-leading Openwork Academy with a graduation ceremony at our Bishopsgate office in London.
The success of the eight candidates ranging in age between 25 and 47 who have completed the Academy programme was celebrated as we build for expansion aimed at further increasing access to advice in response to growing demand.
The majority of the new graduates are career changers with experience across a broad range of sectors, including education, the armed forces, manufacturing and hospitality. The average age of candidates across the programme is 29, and around 39% of candidates are women.
This year will see increased investment in the Academy underlining our commitment to rapidly growing its number of advisers to enable more people to have access to financial advice. We expect another 55 advisers to graduate during the course of the year and are planning the biggest intake for the Academy next month.
The eight candidates graduating have gained either the CII Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and/or the CII Certificate in Mortgage Advice.
Our Director of Learning and Acquisition, Claire Limon, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate the graduation of these eight hard-working candidates. They represent the next generation of advisers who will go on to help more people around the UK access expert financial advice and wealth management services; creating and protecting wealth for themselves and their families.
“We are passionate about attracting a diverse talent pool, and the Academy welcomes people from all walks of life to pursue a career in financial advice. The mix of people and the past career experience of the latest graduates is a glowing example of this.
“We wish the group every success with the next stage of their individual adviser journeys – we are confident that the programme has equipped them with a solid foundation upon which to build their career in advice.”
Since its foundation in 2014, the Openwork Academy programme has trained and qualified over 150 advisers. The programme has been described by one of the recent graduates as “a fantastic, rewarding and enjoyable programme which equips you with all the support and knowledge required to be a successful Financial Adviser.”