Pathways, which delivers a defined career guide for aspiring financial advisers, is promoting its software to both graduates and managers who are serious about professional training for financial services.
Developed by the CII, trade bodies and organisations including Norwich Union, Zurich, Origen and Aegon, the software provides practical career guidance, information and tools for both individuals and their managers.
Pathways facilitates a structured career path from entry level to the highest standards of knowledge and professionalism. Managers and trainees have access to bespoke guidebooks, which explain the skills and qualifications needed to progress. Pathways helps individuals to tailor their development in line with their career choice, individual preferences and regulatory requirements, as well as providing guidance for managers to put a training programme in place.
Registered trainees can log their progress and achievement via the Pathways PassPort by way of a paper file or electronic log. The Pathways PassPort is designed to be a portable industry recognised system which records an individual's achievements throughout their career.
Ken Davy, Pathways steering group chairman and chairman of SimplyBiz, says: “Recruiting the best people to our profession is a priority. It seems impossible to attend a conference without this becoming a topic of discussion, usually without a practical solution being offered. Pathways has the potential to change this. I believe that it is the answer and, with the support of IFAs and large firms, will become the industry standard. Then, finally, we will be able to position financial services as a career of choice on a par with other professions.”
Pathways costs £130 for each new trainee or £100 for the managers' pack.