Just Mortgages has accepted a record number of trainees into its broker training programme.
Some 18 trainees are joining the training academy in its latest intake, bringing the total number of brokers trained this year by Just Mortgages to 65.
The firm received 1,200 applications for the 18 places, and Rodney Sloan, head of training at Just Mortgages, said competition for places was “always tough”.
“We want to help as many people into the industry as possible, and that is why we have expanded the course to accommodate 18 people,” he added.
“It is a source of massive pride that we support new blood coming into the mortgage industry through our academy, and this year we have trained more brokers than ever before. Next year we will build on this, and continue to bring talent into the sector.”
To support the graduates, the firm has hired a new adviser development manager, Heidi Smith.
She spent 18 years at NatWest, most recently as an area mortgage manager, and has previously spent time as a mortgage and protection consultant at the Mortgage Advice Bureau.
A spokesperson for Just Mortgages said: “As a former broker and manager, she understands the challenges that the new brokers face and will be able to give them invaluable advice and support as they begin their careers.”
Earlier this month, the Essex-based brokerage announced it will be sending its brokers to schools and colleges across the country to teach kids how to manage their finances.