FBAA chief executive Peter White said his association has seen the direct benefits of getting trainees in early and arming them with the skills required to carve out a career in the industry.
His comment came after he spoke at the annual TORGAS Brisbane Awards Night, which recognises apprentices and trainees.
Three FBAA industry professionals were crowned winners at the event, with Keeley Dickson taking home the Most Outstanding Trainee of the Year title, while Walter Maathes scooped up the Endeavour Foundation Community Spirit award and FBAA operations manager Rebekah Davis received the prestigious Mentor of the Year award.
Mr White congratulated the winning trio and paid special tribute to both Ms Dickson and Mr Maathes who he said excelled during their traineeships at the FBAA last year.
“We all know Rebekah is an outstanding mentor to the up-and-comers in the industry but we were blown away by the calibre of trainees which came through our doors,” Mr White said.
“Both Keeley and Walter showed a tremendous willingness to learn about the broking business.”
Mr White added that the FBAA will continue to support new brokers who are trying to get a start in the industry.
“The FBAA is proud to again feature as a host company for TORGAS trainees and looks forward to helping shape the careers of future finance industry professionals.”