St. James’s Place is looking to target women in a drive for new advisers to join the firm.
The SJP Academy offers a two-year training programme, with applicants working with a mentor five months into the programme. They then have the option of starting their own firm under the SJP brand. The academy is open to those both with and without advice experience.
The firm says currently 11 per cent of advisers at SJP are female and that 20 per cent of those being trained in the academy are women.
Academy director Adrian Batchelor says there is “no justification” for the sector being so dominated by men.
He said: “Being a partner with SJP is challenging, but ideally suited to women because of its flexibility and the self-determination it provides.
“Our comprehensive training program provides professional women in business, who may be seeking autonomy in their career, a way to find a balance between work, family and lifestyle. It is also uniquely suited to those wishing to build their own business, but with the added support of the corporate structure at SJP.”