If you have ever considered a career as a financial adviser, the Ascot Lloyd Adviser Academy might just be what you're looking for.

Our 12-month programme will provide you with the necessary qualifications and skills to become a successful financial adviser with Ascot Lloyd.

Whether you're a recent graduate or looking to switch careers, this structured programme can help you achieve your goals and develop your expertise in the field.

Benefits of joining the Adviser Academy

An employed training route into a fantastic new career.

Our structured 12-month Academy programme has been designed to fully equip you with the qualifications, knowledge, and commercial acumen for a career as an Ascot Lloyd IFA.

Professional development.

We also continue to develop our advisers with examination support through to Chartered status and beyond.

A structured and supported pathway to success.

The early stages of our Academy will support you in gaining the necessary professional qualifications to empower you to deliver financial advice to clients. You’ll then progress into the advice and commercial skills phase of our programme, which prepares you for a successful and fulfilling long-term career as an Ascot Lloyd IFA.

Marketing and business development support.

We’ll support you in building your client bank. You’ll receive plenty of marketing and business development resources and support.

A supportive environment where everyone can achieve exceptional results.

Ascot Lloyd is a fun place to work, where people feel inspired, motivated and supported.

Employed from day 1

As an associate adviser, you will receive a competitive salary for the duration of your training. Plus your exams are fully funded, allowing you to focus on your training and development without any financial burden.

Flexible working

We provide a variety of study methods and the option to work in an office or from home. We believe this flexibility is crucial in supporting a healthy work-life balance and ensuring everyone feels comfortable and productive during their training.

duncan gregory head of academy“In my role, I’m fortunate to speak with all of our applicants and work with them as they progress through our training programme. I’m passionate about attracting and retaining diverse and talented individuals, who will bring their drive and integrity into the work we deliver for our clients.”

Duncan Gregory
Head of Academy

A structured path to your new career

Our programme will equip you with the regulated knowledge, advice skills and commercial acumen, which are the foundations for a successful career as an Ascot Lloyd IFA

  • Part 1

    Gaining industry qualifications

    4 months

  • Part 2

    Learning the advice process and commercial skills

    4 months

  • Part 3

    Applying your knowledge

    4 months

Part 1

Before joining Ascot Lloyd, you will have already passed the CII R01 (Financial Services, Regulations and Ethics) exam in Regulated Financial Planning.

Part 1 of the programme will include passing the following exams, alongside several internal accreditations: 

  • R02 - Investment Principles and Risk
  • R03 - Personal Taxation
  • R04 - Pensions and Retirement Planning
  • R05 - Financial Protection

Ahead of every R0 exam module, a minimum of one group training day will be held virtually to run through each element of the R0 syllabus. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend weekly drop-in surgeries to address any areas that may require extra attention. 

Additionally, you’ll meet regularly with your mentor to learn more about the IFA role, observe client meetings, discuss advice scenarios and apply your accumulated knowledge.

Part 2

During this stage, the end-to-end advice journey is broken down into bite size chunks and explained to you in a variety of face-to-face, remote and digital self-serve learning sessions. 

You’ll practice every step of the advice process, including: 

  • Performing Client Fact Finds and Presentation meetings
  • Spending time with key support functions such as the Para-planning and Administration teams to understand how to work together effectively 
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the Advice Panel, including the providers and platforms Ascot Lloyd uses

Developing commercial skills is vital, and whilst you’ll be supported with new and existing Client opportunities when you leave the Academy, you’ll also need to be able to forge beneficial relationships with Professional Introducers and understand how to develop your own network to source new clients.

Part 3

Upon completing Part 2 of the programme, you will switch from Associate IFA to IFA, and will begin seeing clients under close supervision: 

  • You’ll be appointed line managers and receive strong support from a Regional Development Consultant who will observe client meetings during your early months in the field
  • You’ll continue your studies, taking the CII R06 exam for your full Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning
  • You’ll also attend various Academy training workshops covering topics such as inheritance tax (IHT), complex financial instruments (EIS and VCT) and further development using financial planning tools like cash flow modelling

Upon completion of Part 3, you will then graduate from the programme 12 months from your initial start date as fully qualified Independent Financial Advisers.

For more information, view the full Ascot Lloyd Adviser Academy brochure. It provides valuable information about the Adviser Academy and insights into Ascot Lloyd as a whole. You'll also find perspectives from our fully qualified independent advisers.

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The Application Process

  1. Submitting your application

    If you're interested in joining our Financial Adviser Academy, the first step is to get in touch. Please see the details below on how to apply.

  2. A discussion about you and the Academy

    If you are successful, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the structure of the Academy and for us to understand more about you, including your motivations, strengths, and ambitions.

  3. Building a development plan

    Self-awareness and self-motivation will be essential to successfully navigate through our Academy programme. We'll help you to build your development plan in readiness for the final interview.

  4. Final interview

    The final interview will be competency-based, followed by a presentation of your development plan and a client scenario role-play.

A more rewarding career awaits!

If you’re interested in joining our Financial Adviser Academy, the first step is to get in touch. To apply, please email us your CV along with an explanation of why you’re applying and why you think you’d make a great financial adviser.

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Class of 2023

meet our associate advisersOur associate advisers come from diverse backgrounds, each bringing their unique experiences and expertise to the table, from being self-employed in the recruitment sector to returning to financial services, having been out of the industry for several years. The Ascot Lloyd Academy is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to progress or change their career path. 

To learn more about each of our current associate advisers and their individual career backgrounds, be sure to check out their bios.

Meet our Associate Advisers