On a paraplanner apprenticeship course, you’ll help financial advisers research, analyse and prepare financial reports for clients. You will assist the financial adviser in researching, analysing data, and creating compliance financial reports for clients to verify recommendations made following the company’s investment philosophy.

Although some consumer interaction is likely, the job is mostly a back office, technical support function, and the financial adviser is ultimately responsible for the client’s advice.

Among your duties will be checking compliance paperwork, creating financial records, filling out application forms, and researching appropriate solutions for clients.

This apprenticeship will also prepare you for more senior roles, such as senior paraplanner, where you will offer more technical and specialised support to the financial adviser while contributing more strategically to the business.

What you’ll learn

On a paraplanner apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Develop and deliver exceptional service to customers, colleagues, and advisors while promoting and supporting the products and services provided and sticking to TCF principles at all times. 
  • Develop effective and long-lasting relationships with consumers and key contacts via strong verbal/written/IT skills. 
  • Understand your role on the team and how it impacts others. 
  • Assist colleagues and collaborate to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrate adequate levels of ability to undertake in-depth research and analysis. 
  • Organise and prioritise operations efficiently to deliver excellent outcomes for both the customer and the business.
  • Utilises proficient IT abilities to consistently adhere to systems and processes, including risk, regulatory, and governance requirements.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Depending on the employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment comprises two distinct assessment methods: 

  • A portfolio of work completed during the end point assessment stage.
  • Reflective discussion 

Duration and level

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Level: 4 – Higher Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 4 Paraplanner Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 1, 2022

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