We have boosted training and education support to help firms enhance their client offering throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The Openwork Academy, which has enrolled more than 460 candidates since 2014 and over 200 in 2019 alone, has invested to ensure it continues to run adviser induction courses as well as supporting new and existing trainees.
The Academy team, led by Lorna Mills, has comprehensively re-formed the training delivery to online modules to keep the programmes running remotely. Remote workshops have been introduced to support studies, benefiting more than 180 candidates in the past month, and development sessions have also been rolled out to provide weekly inputs to Academy candidates.
All candidates are being supported through the Academy, which achieves pass rates of nearly 90%, through group study workshops and by an expert tutor with Openwork funding the costs including study material and initial examination fees.
Remote assessments for new potential candidates will be hosted on four dates over the next two months – 22nd April, 23rd April, 20th May and 17th June. Nearly 80 new candidates have enrolled this year.
Head of Academy, Lorna Mills, said:“Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus, it is very much business as usual at the Academy. We are all in this together, with the Academy team focused on converting our courses to online delivery as well as ensuring that the opportunities remain open for new delegates.”
Claire Limon, Director of Learning and Acquisition at Openwork, added: “Our contingency plans, reinforced by the hard work and determination of Lorna and her team, have enabled us to maintain all existing Academy programmes and we continue to support our existing population of Academy candidates on their journeys.
“The rapid delivery of our online learning capability demonstrates Openwork’s commitment to expanding access to financial advice by training and nurturing a new generation of advisers through our market leading Academy.”
The Academy provides a structured career path to new entrants and existing advisers to develop into Diploma qualified financial planners or fully qualified mortgage and protection advisers. There are currently 279 active candidates currently participating within our programmes. Over one third (36%) of candidates on the programme are female and the average age of current candidates is 33.