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Training academy is launched

Anglo Scottish Asset Finance, which has offices in Birmingham, has announced the launch of a new training academy, after identifying a skills gap in the financial services industry.

The academy, open to those with no experience other than a can-do attitude, will train the next generation of Anglo Scottish business development managers.

Established and delivered by Karl Kirkpatrick, who joined the company as director of new business development in January 2021, the programme is currently training its first two recruits, Kyle Johnson-Goodier and Molly Willis.

Kyle is a former duty manager at Lidl, where he held the position for three years before leaving to join Anglo Scottish. Molly, from Coleshill, Birmingham, was formerly a general manager in a pub. They are both working closely with Karl, benefiting from his many years working in finance.

The academy, which has the capacity to train ten learners every year, is looking to initially attract focused and self-motivated individuals along the west side of the country, in areas such as Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Successful applicants receive a competitive salary, a company car and have the opportunity to progress quickly into a senior position, after they complete six months of training. The academy incorporates a variety of training methods including classroom-based, interactive, on-the-job and online training.

Anglo Scottish is an independent business finance broker, providing a range of financial services across the UK including asset finance, business loans, vendor and dealer finance, as well as personal vehicle solutions and vehicle sourcing.

The company has recently merged with Birmingham-based, Capex Asset Finance, uniting both companies under the Anglo Scottish banner, as it continues to focus on national expansion.

Both Anglo Scottish and Capex are part of the Maxxia Group, which exists to deliver intelligent and creative solutions to its customers’ asset funding and management requirements. The Group is backed by the financial strength of the McMillan Shakespeare Group, a major Australian publicly listed company with a market capitalisation of approximately $1 billion Australian dollars.

Karl Kirkpatrick said: “There has, for a long time, been a skills gap within the financial services. As such, we recognised the need to be proactive and the training academy is our way of ensuring Anglo Scottish always has a strong team. As we continue to expand and add to our offering, it is essential we have a continual stream of exceptionally skilled individuals coming through that represent the business and service our clients to the highest standard.

“Kyle and Molly are fantastic examples of the type of people we are looking for. This job isn’t for everyone, you have to have a tough skin and be extremely self-disciplined, in return the rewards are vast, especially as more experience is gained.”

Pictured: from left, Kyle Johnson-Goodier, Karl Kirkpatrick and Molly Willis