Mortgage and protection advice firm Just Mortgages has received more than 750 applicants for its mortgage broker academy.
The firm said the number of applicants appeared to be a result of the “incredibly busy” mortgage market, as well as an increase in career changers.
It added that this year it had received interest from applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds more than any other year, including those with experience in finance, university graduates, estate agents and taxi drivers.
Just Mortgages said it was still accepting applications from people in the industry who are not qualified as a mortgage broker.
John Phillips, group operations director at Just Mortgages, said: “The broker academy has never been more popular. With the rise in unemployment, we are seeing vast amounts of people looking to train as a broker from all walks of life.”
Mr Phillips said the amount of people looking to join the industry reflected that the housing market has remained robust throughout the pandemic.
He added: “There is no set path to becoming a broker and we are equally as open to recruiting graduates as we are to those who have experience in other fields.”
Selected candidates will be invited to send in a 60 second video explaining why they want to become a mortgage and protection adviser.
Then a further select group will be invited to a virtual assessment day to assess their abilities to work in a team and individual environment.
Training will begin in January for five weeks, with candidates graduating in February.
Training will take place either virtually or in-person, depending on the pandemic, and prospective brokers will receive advice on how to use social media effectively to drive new business.
It comes as the firm has announced it is to launch a wealth advice business next year and was looking for 15 wealth advisers for the new division.
As well as experienced wealth advisers, Just Wealth plans to recruit and train mortgage advisers to become wealth advisers.
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