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Openwork Academy switches to online training

Openwork Academy switches to online training

Openwork has adapted its training and education support for adviser firms by moving its academy training online.

The financial advice and investment network’s academy will continue to conduct induction courses for advisers, in addition to supporting new and existing trainees via online modules and remote workshops.

The academy has also set dates in May and June for remote assessments for potential candidates.

Lorna Mills, head of academy at Openwork, said: “Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus, it is very much business as usual at the academy.

"We are all in this together, with the academy team focused on converting our courses to online delivery as well as ensuring that the opportunities remain open for new delegates.”

Claire Limon, director of learning and acquisition at Openwork, added that the network’s contingency plans have enabled it to maintain all existing programmes.

Martin Bamford, director of client education at Informed Choice, said: “It’s great to see companies effectively pivoting to remote ways to working.

"We expect social distancing to remain in force for the long-term, so businesses will need to reinvent their delivery mechanisms, including training for new staff. It’s right that business continues during this difficult time, instead of being placed on hold for an unknown period of time.”

The Openwork Academy provides training for new entrants and existing advisers to develop into diploma qualified financial planners, or fully qualified mortgage and protection advisers.

chloe.cheung@ft.com