SJP adds 35 advisers in latest academy round

St James’ Place has added 35 financial planners to its ranks after they completed its academy training programme.

The latest round graduated on Friday, taking the total number of trainees to complete to programme to over 250.

Over 200 are currently studying on the SJP courses across London, Manchester, Solihull and Edinburgh.

SJP has around 3,400 qualified advisers according to its accounts, and has been gradually rolling the academy out across the regions, adding Manchester in 2014 and Edinburgh in 2015.

The academy frequently attracts second careerists, with the average age of advisers coming through at 39, 23 per cent of which are women.

SJP academy director Jason Flood says: “Graduates are from varied walks of life, with different skill sets, and are trained through a robust academy process that ensures they are in the best possible position to provide high-quality advice to clients upon graduation.

“As personal finance becomes ever more complex, there is an increased need for sound financial advice but the severe shortage of suitably qualified and high quality, ethically-focussed advisers in the UK persists. The academy programme plays a crucial role in meeting this demand.”