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MAB sets up training academy with National Skills Council

MAB’s chief executive said the MAB Academy is recruiting 12 trainees through a series of written applications, psychometric testing and a two-day assessment centre over the next six weeks.

The successful candidates will start their training in one of MAB’s telephone service centres in Bristol, Barnsley and Aylesbury before moving on to do an “intensive” six-month placement with one of the network’s appointed representative firms.

The AR firm will also be involved in the interview stage.

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Mr Brodnicki said: “Having gone through such a rigorous process we could expect 50 per cent plus of the candidates to be offered a place with us.

“The investment we are putting in to finding the right candidates pre-appointment is what makes this academy different and will hopefully mean we deliver a far higher than industry average success rate.

“We also carefully selected AR partners that can provide a controlled and supportive environment for that first six months.”

All candidates will be expected to complete CeMAP levels 1, 2, and 3 within the first six months of joining the academy.

Matt Lowndes, managing director at London-based Coreco, said: “I think it is an excellent idea and one which we will be keen to fully embrace.

“This scheme will build nicely upon our existing apprenticeship scheme and assist us to bring through the next generation of professional advisers.”