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My Pension Expert launches talent pathway initiative ‘My Academy’

We are delighted to announce that My Pension Expert has launched My Academy, our new talent pathway initiative. 

My Academy will formalise the education and development opportunities we offer at My Pension Expert. Working in partnership with Doncaster College, the My Academy programme includes entryways to help young people carve out a career in the financial services industry, as well as ongoing professional development courses for all of our employees. 

Through this initiative, we will be providing access to exciting career-building opportunities including graduate opportunities, apprenticeships, internships, further education courses, and more. Plus, we will be offering fully-funded professional development courses to staff. 

The talent pathways span a wide range of business functions in departments such as financial advice, accountancy, management, marketing, and data science. 

A primary goal of My Academy will be to champion diversity and inclusion in the sector through paid opportunities, allowing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds – who may not be able to take on unpaid roles – to essential experience and skills.

Here at My Pension Expert, we’ve always been passionate about investing in the local community, especially when it comes to education opportunities for young people. By doing so, we to inspire an influx of young people into financial services through our work with work with Doncaster College to offer apprenticeships, as well as our involvement in local programmes like Laptops for Kids Doncaster. 

Andrew Megson, CEO of My Pension Expert, said: “We’re passionate about education and development – and we want to inspire young people to consider financial services as a career. My Academy is a brilliant initiative that offers access to education and experience for individuals at any stage in their career journey, helping them maximise their talents. It’s a really exciting initiative and I cannot wait to see it help brilliant people to enter and work their way up our organisation.”

Bernie Dunlop, HR Director of My Pension Expert, added: “Steps have been taken to make financial services more inclusive in recent years. But significant issues with diversity and equal opportunities remain. We believe that we can work to overcome some of these issues locally by providing access to apprenticeships and professional qualifications in a mix of specialisms. 

“By providing paid work experience, placements, internships, and mentoring opportunities, we aim to provide those who may not have been able to take on unpaid placements access to the necessary experience to enter a professional role. We also hope to inspire diversity and inclusion within the financial services sector.”