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PFS mentoring scheme hits milestone

PFS mentoring scheme hits milestone

The Personal Finance Society's online mentoring programme has gained more than 1,000 mentors and mentees since it launched earlier this year. 

Keith Richards, chief executive of the PFS, said he hoped the use of a digital platform to connect advisers would mean industry relationships remain intact outside of the UK, irrespective of Brexit. 

For instance the PFS has an affiliation with the European Financial Planning Association whereby advisers share knowledge with their European counterparts.

The Connect mentoring programme allows members of the professional body to match with other advisers at any point in their career in a mentoring capacity. 

Mr Richards said there was little substitute for experience in aiding professional development. 

He said: "Soft skills development is a key area of focus to support the professional development of both new and experienced members to enhance the delivery of their technical knowledge.

"Often both the provider and receiver of mentoring gain as much from the experience which is evident in the feedback already being received."

PFS president Adam Owen signed up to the programme as both a mentor and mentee and said he found mentoring to be a "vital asset" throughout his career. 

Mr Owen said: "The great thing about the adviser community is that people are very keen to share their experience.

"Connect gives people the opportunity to do that in an environment that is moderated and offers a platform for people to find the right person at the right time for their professional needs." 

rachel.mortimer@ft.com 

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