The package includes learning support such as model answer papers, e-learning and face-to-face training and will be hosted by a Scottish Widows intermediary extranet.
CII chief executive Sandy Scott says the strategic partnership will implement a package of professionalism to support the sector through the transition from certificate level to diploma.
He says: “Scottish Widows, and many other providers, are looking to guide the profession and encourage advisers to raise standards. These are not short-term, quick wins, but long-term strategies and investment to secure the longevity and prosperity of our industry.”
Scottish Widows managing director, marketing and distribution Andy Briggs says professional development in the financial services sector is a hot topic and there is increasing momentum across the industry towards finding solutions to help aid development.
He says: “This new programme will offer support to advisers who are studying for the CII qualification and offer real flexibility when it comes to learning, critical for people trying to manage the demands of a challenging job at the same time as pursuing a professional qualification.”