Pru, IFP unveil professional development centre
Prudential and the Institute of Financial Planning have developed an online development centre for advisers to help them beyond the retail distribution review, Rob Hickson has said.
Mr Hickson, intermediary sales director for Prudential, said the centre would offer free continuous professional development-accredited gap-fill modules, which would cover retirement planning, taxation and trust.
He said: “The need for advisers to continue their professional development regularly, alongside their day-to-day workload can be time consuming.
“Our professional development centre will give them easy access to CPD-accredited modules, allowing them to complete their ongoing professional development in the comfort of their work, home or anywhere with access to the internet.
“By including material that goes beyond the minimum CPD criteria, we hope the added extras such as helpful case studies and practical examples give advisers useful scenarios to assist their clients’ financial planning aspirations.”
Meanwhile, PruHealth, which was launched into the UK market in October 2004 as a joint venture between Discovery and Prudential, has launched a suite of mental wellbeing online tools available to all its individual and corporate customers, as part of its Vitality wellness programme.
Neville Koopowitz, chief executive of PruHealth said the results from four online assessments covering stress, psychological wellbeing, resilience and social support, would give a complete picture of each individual’s emotional health and mental wellbeing. There is also free access to an online lifeskills course.
Will Palmer, financial development manager for South Yorkshire-based Atkinson Smith, said: “I have found workshops to be most useful and videos and online training can also be helpful.”