A total of 85% of Positive Solutions' adviser partners believe they must train and develop to ensure future success.
A survey of 1,700 partners of Positive Solutions, Aegon’s adviser arm, shows just 22% study for Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) exams but 78% have considered it.
The survey also shows IFAs prefer more traditional training methods such as face-to-face workshops, e-learning and video training, which proved the most popular.
The results come as Positive Solutions prepares to launch its Learning Academy, a virtual university that will train partners to broaden their advice.
Lee McGrath, head of Learning Academy, says the academy aims to improve individual’s skills from adviser negotiation to time management, prepare advisers for CII exams and Retail Distribution Review (RDR) requirements and help them grow business. He hopes to launch the academy in July.
McGrath says: “There is a definite recognition and appetite from the business partners for learning and development. They recognise that they are going to have to go through a whole training and development programme to get through RDR, event though they don’t even know the detail around it yet.
“Not only does our survey provide ample justification for creating the Learning Academy but it shows there is a real appetite from advisers too.”
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