A programme designed to attract young people into financial advice will initially call on networks to provide more work experience and apprenticeship schemes.
The Partnership Programme is the brainchild of the Financial Skills Partnership (FSP), an organisation spawned from the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC).
It will provide member firms with support on targeting schools to provide workshops and lesson plans, as well as advice on tapping into the school and college leaver market.
Four levels of service will be provided (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze), with the development of apprenticeship programmes an integral part of the proposition.
Liz Field, chief executive of FSP, says: "The apprenticeship framework is key for us because that is about attracting talent in and we have been looking closely at the aging population within our sector and also the IFA market.
"We are looking at ways of attracting talent in, getting people to look at what an IFA career is and with our work experience portal we're hoping to appeal to probably the networks initially but then more and more organisations will be able to get involved."
Other features of the Partnership Programme, depending on the level of service, will be industry round tables, targeted networking events and opportunities to lobby the government on the skills agenda.
Trevor Matthews, chairman of the FSP, adds: "Working in partnership with the whole of the industry already places up in the heart of the skills development process, where we use our impartial position to shape and influence policy.
"We are the voice of employers and our FSP Partnership Programme is designed to bring together voices, enabling skills industry insight plus ensuring that equality and diversity are at the heart of the skills development process."
While the new programme may not be aimed at small IFA firms, the FSP says it is also developing a proposition for this end of the industry.
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