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  • 14 Apr 2016

    Case Study: CPD

    In The Intensely Regulated World Of Financial Services, Examination Success Is A Must, Particularly For Advisers And Other Client-Facing Staff. Not only are there minimum qualification requirements imposed by the FCA on all those working as financial advisers but in this highly competitive market, there is an increasing need for individual advisers and their firms to ‘stand out from the crowd’ in order to win and retain business.
  • 14 Apr 2016

    Apprenticeships: Time to Review Your Recruitment Strategy

    It Will Come As No Surprise To Realise Major Employers Are Reviewing Their Recruitment Strategies Now In An Attempt To Capitalise On The Apprenticeship Route Without Delay FROM APRIL 2017 ... employers will be taxed in the form of a 0.5% apprenticeship training levy on their wage bill. As there is a £15,000 credit before the levy has to be paid it is those employers with an annual wage bill of over £3m that will be funding the country’s training. Fortunately, whereas the bigger players pay the levy, smaller employers can gain by hiring apprentices and claiming their external training via a different mechanism yet to be determined.
  • 14 Apr 2016

    Apprenticeships: Top of Recruitment Agendas

    WHY ARE APPRENTICESHIPS NOW THE TOP OF RECRUITMENT AGENDAS? APPRENTICESHIPS HAVE BEEN AROUND... ...for a long time, in fact dating back to the 12th century before flourishing by the 14th century. In those days the parents of a minor would agree with a Guild's Master craftsman the conditions for an apprenticeship which would bind the minor for between 5 and 9 years from the age of 14. They would pay a "premium" to the craftsman and the contract between them would be recorded in an indenture. Upon completion the apprentice would become a Master craftsman and create their own business, a new contribution to economic growth.
  • 04 Feb 2016

    CPD: Planning for 2016

    OVER 200 EVENTS!! The 2016 calendar of CII exam revision and training courses in Doncaster has now been launched, with over 200 events in the schedule. In today’s financial services and insurance markets, professionalism is the key attribute. Consumer expectations have never been higher. The regulatory context is extensive and increasingly demanding. Competition is intense, with a multiplicity of distribution channels vying for the customer’s attention. The building blocks of professionalism for the financial services and insurance sectors are knowledge, competence and capability, underpinned by unswerving commitment to the highest standards of ethical practice. The CII’s tried and tested course programme has been created to accelerate and enhance personal development by delivering a flexible and engaging learning experience.
  • 15 Dec 2015

    Defining Conduct Risk

    WHAT IS CONDUCT RISK? Since the FCA took over supervision of the consumer finance sector from the OFT and published its Risk Outlook in 2013 - Conduct Risk has rapidly become the new buzzword and a constant talking point for Regulators & industry leaders - with many businesses frantically trying to implement change programmes to make sure an appropriate culture is embedded in their businesses. The cause of much concern is - does anyone really understand it? In fact the FCA make a point of not defining it – the view seems to be that the firm itself should define the concept according to how it affects them. This leaves many firms with a dilemma of introducing appropriate principals of Conduct Risk across multi roles and business sectors.