Graduate training schemes are required in the
independent financial advice sector (Ifas), an expert has
Jonathan Purle, director at London-based independent financial
advisers Intethic, said the industry should adopt a similar
practice to other professional services sectors by offering
graduate training and apprenticeships.
"Nobody decides at 29 that they're going to become a chartered
accountant and try to gain entry on the basis of a few book-keeping
qualifications," he told the Financial Times.
He added that new entrants into the sector could be supported with
back office jobs as they train to become fully-qualified
Meanwhile, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently reported that a
career in accountancy is becoming an increasingly popular choice
for today's graduates.
Sonja Stockton, head of student recruitment at PwC, said: "With 50
per cent more applicants than at this time last year and the
fantastic response to our employability events on-campus, we could
be seeing a renaissance for the profession."
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