Buckles has unveiled plans to hire 250 graduates as part of an ambitious expansion strategy built on establishing a series of regional hubs throughout the UK.
The Rhyl-based company, Wales' largest IFA, is planning to recruit 250 graduates over the next five years as it looks to the next generation of advisers to spearhead its UK expansion.
CEO Nigel Speirs says the firm will take on 25 graduates this year and at least 45 next year.
He says the Buckles graduate training programme is providing a ready stream of highly-qualified advisers.
"In terms of recruitment, the graduate area is where we have had most success," he says. "Our average production in fee terms is £125,000 per adviser per annum and our advisers are mainly made up of graduates so it is a very positive model."
Speirs says he wants Buckles to be the centre of excellence for graduates entering the industry.
But he says graduates have yet to realise the true potential of the sector and thinks the industry has some way to go before a career in financial services is ranked alongside law or accountancy.
Widespread rollout of a financial services degree and the promotion of the industry in schools will help establish the sector, he adds.
Buckles' growing crop of graduate advisers will drive the firm's expansion as it looks to become a UK-wide operation.
Last week, the firm acquired Wiltshire-based Heather Moor & Edgecomb Ltd in a deal funded by Buckles' parent company Sanlam UK.
"It will be a base for operations in this area," he says. "This is all part of our original plan - to establish geographical bases that are substantial enough to grow from."
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