Wesleyan to grow sales force by 50%

Wesleyan Assurance Society is growing its sales force by 50% creating jobs for over 100 financial consultants.

The firm provides tailored financial services for doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers and expects the full recruitment process to take two years.

Wesleyan is establishing its own training academy to ensure that it can fill the vacancies with candidates of the right calibre. Emphasis will be placed on attracting people who already have some knowledge of Wesleyan’s core markets such as ex-teachers and pharmaceutical representatives.

The Wesleyan Academy programme offers a mix of theory and on-the-job training. For the first nine weeks candidates live and train together, before heading into the field for practical experience under the supervision of their area manager.

Over the course of the training they will return to the academy for further sessions.

Ian Lazenby, sales director at Wesleyan, says: “We believe that establishing our own training Academy is the right move for Wesleyan. We want to change the profile of the typical financial consultant and will be training men and women of all ages who have different backgrounds and experiences.

“This is why we’ve chosen to look outside the industry and are focusing on recruiting professionals with the right core skills, which can be developed to make them top class financial consultants. They will have first class training and continued on-the-job supervision until they are fully qualified and ready to go out on their own.”