Benchmark Academy delivers market-leading results

Benchmark Capital (“Benchmark”), a leading provider of financial planning solutions and part of the Schroders Group, launched the Benchmark Academy in January 2022. The Academy is a dedicated resource which will help build successful careers in financial planning across a range of roles, but with an overall focus on building the next generation of chartered financial planners.

The Academy is today delighted to report the early success of its programme. Starting with the CII’s R05 Financial Protection, this initial cohort of delegates have achieved an exceptional 92% first time pass rate following just 4 weeks of study. This pass rate is significantly higher than the CII 2021 average of 79%. In addition, the Academy is reporting 9.5/10 delegate feedback on the programme content, ease of access, and tutor engagement.

As noted in the initial press release, the first cohort of 26 candidates commenced their Financial Planning Diploma in January 2022, benefitting from a structured pathway that includes a blend of eLearning, digital and multi-media support as well as live training events.

Graduating through Benchmark’s bespoke programme, which is delivered in partnership with Redmill Advance, will be possible more quickly and at a highly competitive price than other similar propositions, and focusses on ensuring that the individuals get the balance of skills required to be a competent adviser. The Benchmark Academy includes the diploma qualification completion time in as little as 41 weeks, and also offers delegates seeking entry level pathways for paraplanning and administration certificates, to offer a route into the profession.

Ed Dymott, Managing Director Wealth, Benchmark, commented:

“We’re delighted to see the first cohort of the Benchmark Academy achieve such great success on the first step of their journey to becoming chartered financial planners. Our goal is to create the next generation of the best qualified advisers, paraplanners and administrators, to develop a rich pool of diverse talent who will be the future leaders in financial advice.”

David Tait, Co-Founder & Director of Redmill Advance, commented:

“It’s extremely pleasing to see such strong results early in the academy programme. This is testament not only to our market leading learning content and highly talented team but to the commitment and dedication of each Benchmark delegate. With these early results its clear we are on track for a very successful Benchmark Academy that will ensure a highly skilled generation of future financial planners.”

Notes to Editors:

For media related enquiries:

Benchmark Capital: PR Manager, Augustine.Chipungu@schroders.com / +44 207 658 2106

RM Advance media@rmadvance.com 0131 541 2273

About Benchmark Capital

As an award-winning wealth management business, we are passionate about delivering long-term value for our clients in a fast-changing world. We help high-quality financial planning firms grow and prosper by supporting them throughout their business lifecycle; starting-up, running efficiently, growing successfully, and planning a smooth exit.

Benchmark Capital, headquartered in Horsham, West Sussex has £18.7 billion of assets under administration on behalf of over 1,600 financial advisers (as at 31.12.21) and employs 430 staff.


About Redmill Advance

Redmill Advance is a learning provider and e-learning specialist offering CII and CISI exam, behavioural, and soft-skills support. In addition, Redmill Advance offers other learning including compliance, HR, foundation and leadership. In total, Redmill Advance have more than 240 learning programmes and provide structured learning via a learning management system (LMS) blended with virtual and classroom training. Learning can be accessed 24/7 on any device and from anywhere in the world.



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