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Online mentoring programme attracts over a thousand participants

Online mentoring programme attracts over a thousand participants | Insurance Business

Online mentoring programme attracts over a thousand participants

The Personal Finance Society (PFS) has announced that its e-mentoring programme has attracted more than 1,000 mentors and mentees since its launch in the summer.

The programme, called “Connect,” allows PFS members to use a digital platform to develop mentorship connections with other professionals at any point of their career and from anywhere across the globe.

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“The great thing about the adviser community is that people are very keen to share their experience,” said Adam Owen, president of PFS. “Connect gives people the opportunity to do that in an environment that is moderated and offers a platform for people to find the right person at the right time for their professional needs. The platform offers a gentle introduction, the opportunity for both parties to make a decision as to whether they are right for each other, and then a process that takes you through step by step to the point at which you can reach a conclusion.”

Keith Richards, chief executive of the PFS, said that the programme’s digital platform means that relationships “are not restricted to the UK alone and our affiliation with the European Financial Planning Association will allow professional advisers to remain united, irrespective of the ultimate outcome of Brexit.”

“Soft skills development is a key area of focus to support the professional development of both new and experienced members to enhance the delivery of their technical knowledge,” said Richards. “There can be little substitute for experience and often both the provider and receiver of mentoring gain as much from the experience which is evident in the feedback already being received.”