AWD Chase de Vere has appointed Carl Pimlott to the newly established role of head of professional development and training.
Pimlott will be responsible for the implementation of AWD Chase de Vere’s professional development plan in preparation for the retail distribution review.
This includes ensuring that all AWD Chase de Vere advisers have achieved at least the QCF level four by the end of 2012.
AWD Chase de Vere has 78 advisers at or above diploma level and 100 advisers who are yet to attain the required standard.
As part of the training initiative, AWD is arranging for advisers to sit examinations at the same time and location as their peers to encourage a study club environment.
It is funding all study material and examinations as well as internal training sessions and external sessions held in conjunction with the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Head of communications Patrick Connolly says: “We have 100 advisers who are not yet at diploma. Some of those will be very close, for example, an examination away, There will be some who are three or four exams away. We will look at how many points and exams they need, what the most relevant subjects are an then put in place a timetable for them to achieve that.”
Pimlott joined AWD Chase de Vere in 2001 and worked most recently as head of sales development. The firm says he has extensive regulatory and training knowledge.
Marketing director Martyn Laverick says: “We are delighted to appoint Carl into this crucial new role.
“His considerable experience and expertise will allow us to continue to invest appropriately in the development of our employees, which will benefit both our company and our clients. Carl’s appointment is one of a number of measures we have taken to ensure that we are fully prepared to meet the requirements of the RDR.”