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Sesame’s FAS set to welcome 100th adviser school student

The director of FAS and Sesame’s HR director said many of the school’s students had now completed their studies and were working for firms and advising clients, while 74 were still in the programme.

She said: “When we opened the school it was based on our fundamental belief that professional advice can make a real difference to the financial wellbeing of people.

“It is imperative we have a strong profession that can meet future consumer demand. However, this vision will only become a reality if we as an industry take action to continually develop and nurture the next generation of talented professionals.”

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Ms Winnard added that she had not long ago spoken to a group of recently graduated students, who had “excited” her when they spoke of being advisers, and how they were embracing the world of financial advice, meeting clients and settling into their new environment.

She said: “They were still as positive and motivated as the day they joined the school.”

What a former FAS student said:

Sarah Stone, adviser for Essex-based Harbour Financial

“FAS gave me the opportunity to get exposure to different IFAs through various networking events and group sessions, which helped me to find my own identity and style. I have really developed my skills since working in my new role, and the school provided a really solid grounding.”