Mortgage club The Mortgage Alliance (TMA) has reported that the number of brokers attending its training sessions has increased by 129% compared to before the coronavirus outbreak.
This is a result of the move online, as training has become more accessible to advisers working remotely.
The club’s ‘high intensity’ online training sessions (HiiT) were launched in April to meet the need for support for advisers during the lockdown.
Due to popular demand, TMA will host a further five sessions over the coming weeks, in addition to the five hosted so far.
The upcoming training sessions will cover fraud, taxation in the buy-to-let (BTL) market, wills and trusts, moving into equity release, and innovation and opportunities in the equity release market.
The sessions are aimed at directly authorised (DA) firms across the UK; they are led by a senior member of the TMA team, and advisers who attend receive a digital CPD certificate.
Lisa Martin (pictured), development director at TMA, said: “Taking our training sessions online during the coronavirus pandemic has enabled a far greater number of advisers to access the relevant support easily and quickly.
“Supporting DA firms is our top priority, and we are confident that the next run of HiiT sessions will assist even more advisers looking to hone their skills in specific market areas and ensure that more are better-equipped to keep up with consumer demand.”
This follows the launch of TMA’s ‘Get Yourself Motivated’ programme (GYM), which provides new and existing members with a series of online support classes, as well as tools and guides to help them and their teams to stay focused and motivated.
The GYM consists of six dedicated zones, each targeting an aspect of an intermediary’s team and business.
As part of the programme, advisers have access to a timetable of remote CPD sessions and resource aimed at supporting mental health and wellbeing while working from home.
TMA members also have access to one-on-one sessions via Zoom with the club’s key account managers.
Lisa Martin added: “We are hearing from firms that they are particularly keen to learn how they can maintain their current business and come out even stronger on the other side.
“This was a key driver behind the decision to launch the GYM – so that brokers can focus on building a better business, both now and in the future.
“We have already had a great reception from our DA firms across the UK on the programme and are confident that this will continue as more advisers look to bolster their knowledge and skillset.”