Mortgage aggregator PLAN Australia has reported record attendance numbers at its first series of professional development events for 2017.
Over 900 PLAN Australia brokers attended the aggregator’s professional development days in February, which featured young Australian adventurer Justin Jones as the keynote speaker. Held across six states, the Melbourne PD day attracted more than 300 brokers.
PLAN Australia CEO Anja Pannek said the strong turnout was indicative of a continued focus on professional development and signalled a positive start to 2017.
“PLAN Australia recognises the vital role training and education can play in enabling and encouraging business growth and we are thrilled to see so many of our brokers kicking off the year with a firm focus on professional development,” she said.
Ms Pannek provided a CEO update on the upcoming ASIC review and also shared insights on what the Australian market can learn from the strong growth of the broker channel in the UK.
“It’s a critical time for the industry, so it’s important to keep our brokers informed every step of the way — from navigating regulatory change, showcasing the latest in technology platform innovation, or by using global comparisons in markets such as the UK where they have an even higher percentage of loans written by brokers.”
The PD days form part of PLAN’s training and education program. The group also hosts two digital PD days, featuring live-streamed interactive sessions that can be accessed by brokers in both city and regional office locations
Ms Pannek said the aggregator was committed to providing an industry-leading training and development program.
“PLAN Australia is focused on delivering premium aggregation services to growth-oriented brokers and training and education is a critical component of this.
“Our brokers are demonstrating a real appetite for expanding their businesses and we look forward to further evolving and innovating the services we offer to ensure our brokers have access to the best business growth advice and industry insights.”
James Mitchell has over eight years’ experience as a financial reporter and is the editor of Wealth and Wellness at Momentum Media.
He has a sound pedigree to cover the business of mortgages and the converging financial services sector having reported for leading finance titles InvestorDaily, InvestorWeekly, Accountants Daily, ifa, Mortgage Business, Residential Property Manager, Real Estate Business, SMSF Adviser, Smart Property Investment, and The Adviser.
He has also been published in The Daily Telegraph and contributed online to FST Media and Mergermarket, part of the Financial Times Group.
James holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and an MA in Journalism.
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