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Staff development is an ongoing process

No matter how small or large your organisation, you should never lose sight of enhancing your own skillset and helping staff to develop themselves.

Bob Young

The benefits of the latter are twofold – you will have a more efficient workforce and your staff are likely to feel appreciated and challenged if you are adding additional strings to their bow, rather than letting them stagnate.

While it is possible to pass on know-how informally, it can be necessary to use external training facilitators or have a third party audit your processes. We recently received accreditation from the National Skills Academy (Financial Services) – a quality mark that recognises the excellence of our training delivery.

It recognises eminence across a range of categories, including leadership, strategy, resources and processes, products and services, and outcomes.

Most people who work in financial services will already have a number of qualifications under their belt, such as degrees and career-specific accreditations, but the learning need not stop once they land their first job.

Indeed, if we want to keep maintaining the high standards required by the regulator, then providing refresher courses and updates to employees is a good way to ensure everyone stays in the loop.

Advertising the fact that you offer high-quality training is likely to attract a higher calibre of applicant to your organisation, too, as ambitious self-starters will want to carry on improving as they go.


Out of the box

European mortgage legislation threatens to exert a ’Jack-in-the-box’ effect on the UK, where rules that might work on the Continent give rise tonasty surprises for the British market

Bridgingwatch – Danny Waters – June 2012

Probably the biggest story of the past week or so has been Dragonfly Property Finance getting regulatory approval from the Financial Services Authority, which opens up a whole new channel for the lender and puts it in an elite group of short-term finance providers that are FSA-regulated.


First-time buyer loans down 48% in April

The number of first-time buyer loans dropped by 48% in April, compared to March, as a result of the Stamp Duty concession coming to an end.

Can you put a hat on?

By Sarah Scott, marketing consultant You might think the question in the title is a strange one. Perhaps even more so when you learn that it’s one of several asked as part of an assessment for Employment Support Allowance eligibility in the opening scenes of the 2016 film, ‘I, Daniel Blake’. Daniel is a carpenter […]


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