Openwork, the financial advice network, has launched an expansion of its Openwork Academy with a record intake and plans for further growth during the year.
It has welcomed 54 trainees to the scheme – almost equalling the total intake for last year – and will have a further two intakes this year.
The number of training centres has been increased to three with courses available in Swindon, London and Newcastle.
Of the new trainees, 37% are women.
Last year saw a total of 57 recruits to the Openwork Academy with women making up just under a third (32%).
Claire Limon (pictured), director of learning and acquisition at Openwork, said the record intake underlines the network’s commitment to increase access to advice so more people across the UK can receive the expert help they need.
“The financial advice market is set for an exciting period of growth as demand increases and we are delighted to welcome the latest intake to the Academy and to maintain momentum throughout the coming years with more trainees at our new training centres,” she added.
The majority of graduates from the Academy are career changers with experience across a broad range of sectors, including education, the armed forces, manufacturing and hospitality.
Openwork expects that around 150 trainees will join the Academy this year.