A new financial adviser development programme, run by the Personal Finance Society (PFS), has interested hundreds of advice firms.
More than 250 firms enquired about signing up staff to the programme, called Aspire, in the first three weeks since its launch on 7 February. With its training partner, FWD Training & Consultancy, the PFS is progressing the first cohort of candidates for the launch of the programme in March.
‘We have been overwhelmed by the response from financial advice firms, who are clearly looking for new pathways to develop their staff and support the next generation of financial advisers across the country,’ said PFS chief executive Keith Richards (pictured).
‘Aspire removes many of the barriers facing employers that seek to develop new talent in our sector.’
A recent PFS survey revealed over three quarters of advice firms were considering taking on additional staff in the next three years, but more than one in five said a lack of skilled trainees was a short-term threat.