Fantastic opportunity to forge a successful career in finance

If you are an ex-service person and looking for your next career step, here are some reasons why people like you have joined St. James’s Place two-year Academy career-change programme:

  • It's a great opportunity for those new to the finance sector - training includes 6 months in the classroom followed by field training

  • Control your new career and cultivate a healthy work/life balance as a qualified financial adviser

  • Build you own client list and earn money as you study

  • Countless amounts of ex-service men and women have successfully completed the programme

This is a career change opportunity, with training programmes running across the UK in Manchester, London, Solihull and Edinburgh, to enable you to become a qualified Financial Adviser.  

This is an unrivalled development programme for outstanding, ex-military individuals who have no previous experience of giving personal financial advice.

At the end of the programme you can choose either to set up your own business or join an existing St. James’s Place Practice as an Adviser.

What to expect

Coaching, training and assessment programme

  • You’ll become equipped to provide a first class, professional and expert wealth management service to your clients.

  • No previous qualifications required.

  • Applicants will be selected based purely on their aptitude, attitude and natural ability.  

  • If you are interested in a career in finance, there is no better place to learn and develop these new skills.

Format of the programme

  • Initial 6-month intensive classroom based vocational study to gain qualifications

  • In the remaining 18 months, you’ll then gain real-world, hands-on work experience, earning money in a financial role, while completing the two-year course.

  • To help ease the transition and assist you with training, St. James’s Place offers funding to help cover your training period.

  • Throughout the programme, you will be paired with a mentor who will provide invaluable support at each step, helping you to develop the skills and experience you will need to build your own wealth management business.

You will graduate from the Academy as a fully-fledged Wealth Manager running your own business or working for an established Practice as an Adviser. You will also be provided with ongoing business development support to help you grow a successful business.

What are they looking for?

The St. James’s Place Academy is looking for individuals who have the necessary personal attributes, characteristics and potential. The common personal attributes in an ideal Academy candidate are the key qualities that military personnel are known to have, such as:

  • Drive

  • Resilience

  • Self-motivation

  • Excellent communication

  • People focused

  • Relationship building skills

Ex- military testimonial

Mark Redmayne served in the Royal Navy from 1998 until July 2016.  He now owns and runs his own business, Redmayne Wealth, as an Associate Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management.

“I’m very happy with my move, it’s going well, although I do miss some of my former life and the Navy.  I wanted new challenges which I have got in my new business. I’m in the process of building my business which means you have got to be fairly entrepreneurial in your outlook and I’m really enjoying that out-of-the-box thinking.  And I’m suddenly able to enjoy my family properly and watch them grow up.”

You can hear more about Mark ’s story here.

For further information, please visit or attend one of the Academy’s open evening events held nationwide.