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I was invited to do a video interview at FT Adviser last week, to talk about deVere United Kingdom, what’s been happening recently and the exciting things to come.

The journalist, Emma Hughes, enquired about the deVere Graduate Programme, which provides graduates with a fast-track route to success in the financial services industry.

Graduates benefit from training within one of the world’s leading independent financial advisory organisations, with offices across the globe.  They have access to extensive resources and learn from external trainers, senior professionals and partners in the UK to hone their skills as they move towards becoming fully qualified wealth management professionals.

As I mention in the video, at deVere United Kingdom, we’re piggybacking off the success of our international graduate programme, in which we take in between 50 – 75 graduates per year.  We are working towards considerably increasing this number in order to cater to the increasing demand for sound, independent financial advice.  As such, 10 students from the programme joined deVere United Kingdom in May this year alone.

We also have the apprenticeship scheme running underneath the Graduate Programme, which is more administration-based, but will allow for more individuals at all levels to join the organisation.

I stated in an earlier interview with FT Adviser it is up to us as advisers to highlight the immensely rewarding career opportunities available within this thriving, dynamic industry to the next generation of ‘fresh blood’.

On another note, during the video interview Emma asked me about a defamatory spoof deVere website that was recently set up by anonymous individuals for their own personal and professional gain.

An organisation the size of deVere Group, operating in 70 – 80 different countries, taking on hundreds of new, high-net-worth clients every week, will perhaps inevitably attract jealousy from competitors or perhaps disgruntled former members of staff.

I state in the interview that deVere Group operates using the highest standards of any international advisory brokerage in the world, with a full training and qualifications schedule.  In addition, over the past 4 – 5 years we have ensured that between 70 – 80 per cent of financial advice is called by a compliance manager, so clients fully understand such factors as investment structure, costs and any exit penalties.

I’m very pleased to say that the site has since been removed following intervention from our lawyers due to its defamatory nature and false content.

I’d like to thank Emma Hughes and FT Adviser for the interview, and look forward to the next one!


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