New broker academy set to bring new blood into mortgage industry

Brian West

30 November 2020 20:02 GMT

There is an enormous interest in becoming a mortgage broker! How do we know? Easy - just look at the number of applicants who have thrown their hat in the ring to take part in the latest Just Mortgages Broker Academy.

The training academy will run over 5 weeks in January and February with the aim of bringing new blood into the mortgage industry and has already attracted more than 750 applicants. This, as Just Mortgages say:

“Demonstrates the enormous interest in becoming a mortgage broker. The huge number of applications reflects the sentiment that there has never been a better time to be a mortgage broker".

Whilst the academy is always extremely popular John Phillips, group operations director of Just Mortgages, cites the recent rise in unemployment as a reason for seeing a significant increase in the diversity of applicants, many of whom are looking for a complete career change.

Applicants with a huge variety of backgrounds ranging from university graduates to taxi drivers and estate agents to existing finance professionals have all registered their interest in becoming mortgage brokers and the good news for those that have yet to apply is that Just Mortgages are still taking applications!

From those who submit CVs, selected candidates will be invited to send in a 60 second video explaining why they want to become a mortgage and protection adviser. A select group will then be invited to a virtual assessment day where a series of activities will assess their abilities in a team and individual environment.

The successful candidates, who will come from across England and Wales, will then start five weeks of intensive training in January. During this time, some will go from raw recruits with no previous experience in the finance industry to fully-fledged Just Mortgages brokers. Dependent on Covid restrictions, training will take place either virtually or in person with graduation from the Academy in February.

A blended learning approach will be used, with traditional classroom instruction backed up by Just Mortgages’ own Learning Management System. This allows trainees to study in their own time and provides a more dynamic and interactive learning experience. Just Mortgages has received accreditation to enable the trainees to sit the exams at the firm’s own training facility, once again Covid permitting.

The aspiring brokers will also receive training in all the necessary technology and advice on how to use social media effectively to drive new business. In every key area they will be supported by Just Mortgages to become successful mortgage brokers.

John Phillips confirmed:

“At Just Mortgages we are keen to invest in the future of the mortgage market and expand the pool of talent coming in. Therefore, those who come through our Academy will be supported with all the training and mentoring they need to succeed as a mortgage broker.

“It’s great to see such a variety of candidates looking to become mortgage brokers, the housing market has remained robust throughout the pandemic and the amount of people looking to join the industry reflects this.

“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. The key for us is a desire to learn and fantastic people skills. Our brokers need to be personable, alongside giving sound financial advice and we have been really impressed by the quality of applicants this year.”

Just Mortgages reported record demand in September and October was another very strong month for the housing market as thousands looked to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday. Through their advisors they aim to provide the ultimate mortgage services experience coupled with the highest standards. They believe a customer’s journey should be one of simplicity, choice and expertise.

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