Just Mortgages has launched a training academy to bring more brokers into the industry.

The group is to run a series of four-week courses introducing people to the basics of mortgages and protection, and taking them through to complete their CeMap One qualification.

Candidates will then have the option of undertaking further comprehensive training with financial advice network Openwork.

The company aims to put at least 25 people through the courses this year.

The first official course will take place in either Bristol or Cardiff on 15 June, with future training programmes planned for Bedford, London and Sheffield.

Pilot courses were held earlier this year in Luton and Dartford, attracting people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Antra Ektermane, who took part in one of the pilot schemes, is now a mortgage and protection adviser for Just Mortgages in south east London.

She said: Despite having a masters in finance, I didnt have my CeMapqualification when I applied for the role at Just Mortgages last year.

However, the training academy offered a mix of theoretical and practical training and, as a result, I am now a fully qualified mortgage adviser.

The training academy included everything from written tests to real-life scenarios and role plays which helped to prepare me for client meetings and first appointments.

The trainer supported us throughout the entire process and was even on hand to help during our first cases. I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of entering the mortgage market.

John Phillips, group operations director for Just Mortgages and Spicerhaart, said: Look around any room of mortgage brokers and youll see the average age tends to be somewhere in the 50s.

It is essential that we bring some new blood into the industry to take the profession forward, or in ten years time we will be facing a woeful shortage of advisers.

The industry as a whole needs to up its game, but Just Mortgages is determined to lead the charge and play its part by setting up these training academies. The initial plan is for four academies this year, but we will expand on this if the demand is there.

Places are still available, and anyone interested in the programme should contact Catrin.Lloyd-.uk

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