Connect for Intermediaries has planned seven extra training academies this year following demand after its first event held in the second week of March.
Attendees gave an average rating of 4.96 out of five for content and delivery.
The first academy was such a success that Connect has now scheduled further academies throughout the year, thanks to the support from its lender partners. These will be held on:
- 29 April – 3rd May
- 20-24 May
- 17-21 June
Provisional dates for the Autumn have also been added for:
- 2-6 September
- 30 September – 4 October
- 4-8 November
- 2-6 December
The academies are designed to bring new advisers into the specialist mortgage industry. They are open either to brokers returning to the industry after a period of absence or for accountants, estate or letting agents, as well as other individuals experienced in property, who want to make the move into advice.
There is a requirement that attendees join Connect’s network once they have completed the course.
The academy is also open to trainees or other new staff being taken on by existing members of Connect’s network.
On completion of the course, attendees will be able to provide advice on specialist mortgages such as complex buy-to-let, commercial, development and bridging loans.
Liz Syms, CEO of Connect for Intermediaries, said: “Our first academy was an overwhelming success with positive feedback from every attendee. We always planned to put on more academies if the first one was a success, but we were so oversubscribed that we have doubled the number we originally planned to run.
“There is a desperate need to bring new people and skills into the mortgage industry, people who are properly trained so that they will always put the interests of the client first. Our academies successfully achieve all of those things, raising standards, bringing new blood into the industry and helping our existing adviser members to grow their own businesses.”