Benchmark Academy to create next generation of chartered financial planners

The Academy is a dedicated resource which will help build successful careers in financial planning across a range of roles, but with an overall focus on building the next generation of chartered financial planners.


Benchmark Capital (“Benchmark”), a leading provider of financial planning solutions and part of the Schroders Group, today announces the launch of the Benchmark Academy. The Academy is a dedicated resource which will help build successful careers in financial planning across a range of roles, but with an overall focus on building the next generation of chartered financial planners. 

The Academy will focus initially on the 150+ advice firms Benchmark currently work with, with pathways designed for advisers, administrators and paraplanners. The aim is to go beyond standard qualifications, with a focus on developing the professional skills required to operate at the highest standards across the financial planning profession.

The Academy will provide structured training solutions through a blend of eLearning, digital support and live or virtual training. The objective is to assist individuals achieve their regulatory qualifications whilst embedding the client relationship and service skills needed to deliver the best possible client outcomes. The training will support individuals regardless of their prior knowledge, exposure to financial products or past career. The first cohort of 26 candidates started last week. 

To deliver this bespoke programme, Benchmark has partnered with market leading training specialists, Redmill Advance, in the provision of these blended learning solutions. Graduating through the Benchmark Academy will be possible more quickly, and at a highly competitive price, than other, similar propositions with support for chartered qualification taking as little as 52 weeks. 

Ed Dymott, Managing Director Wealth, Benchmark, commented: 

“Our focus is to continue to work with the highest quality financial planners in the UK, with the aim of helping them grow the value of their businesses. The Benchmark Academy will help create the next generation of the best qualified advisers, paraplanners and administrators. 

We are passionate about attracting and developing the very best talent into our profession, and we hope that this programme will help to create a rich, diverse and inclusive group of individuals who will be the future leaders in financial advice"

David Tait, Co-Founder & Director of Redmill Advance, commented: 

“We are strongly aligned to Benchmark's aims of creating the next generation of financial planning talent and are delighted to partner with them. The Benchmark Academy programme has been designed using our blended, fully digital, learning solutions, and we believe it will provide the broad skill sets required to operate at the very highest standards.  We are looking forward to working with Benchmark and their adviser firms in supporting the next generation of candidates, and welcome those just embarking on their journey, and look forward to their positive results in due course"

Schroders is a world-class asset manager operating from 37 locations across Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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