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MLP launches training academy

MLP Private Finance, part of MLP Group, is launching what it claims is the UK&#39s first-ever dedicated training academy for young graduates seeking careers as independent financial and mortgage advisers.

Starting on July 19th 2004, the academy will cater for the distinct learning needs of all new consultants, existing sales personnel and executive consultants. In addition, MLP Private Finance has introduced an enhanced xontinuous professional development programme in which all staff throughout the UK will participate.

Frank Mesterharm, managing director of MLP Private Finance, says: &#39There is an urgent need to bring a new generation of well qualified IFAs to the industry. The Academy will set new standards of professionalism amongst young advisers, and is especially designed to attract graduates into the industry. The issue ofgraduate entry into the IFA industry is critical at this time, and we believe this will provide a highly effective solution.”

The Academy is run in co-operation with the Sir John Cass Business School (part of the City University of London). Courses range from introductory skills to MBA level.

The dean of the Cass Business School, Lord Currie of Marylebone, says: “We were particularly inspired by the clear vision of MLP Private Finance, who are dedicated to achieving an essential improvement in financial services advice throughout the UK. The lasting effect they wish for can only be achieved by adhering to the highest academicstandards. We believe that the Academy gives young advisers, at the start of their career, the opportunity to establish new levels of professional integrity and expertise.

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