Changing career from the world of professional football to wealth management and financial planning with the help of St James’s Place. At St. James’s Place, however, through our Academy programme, no previous experience or qualifications are necessary.

We support individuals to make that transition to become a financial adviser and build their own successful wealth management business. This could be your first step to a brilliant new career.

Recently voted Best Financial Adviser at the 2017/18 Personal Finance Awards for the eighth year running, St. James’s Place has been providing its clients with the very best investment and wealth management advice for over 25 years. St. James’s Place, through its Academy, offers a hands-on, fully funded, two-year training programme that supports the transition into a career in finance – with earning opportunities after just six months.

The first six months of the programme is the Foundation stage and is classroom-based. During this time, you will acquire professional qualifications as well technical and client-facing skills.

The second part of the programme is an 18-month period of developing your new skills and experience. A St. James’s Place mentor will support you throughout this time, demonstrating best practice and providing training on leadership and client acquisition techniques.

Once you complete the programme and have qualified, you have the choice to build your own business as a St. James’s Place Partner, or join an already established and successful St. James’s Place Practice as an Adviser.

The St. James’s Place Academy has helped many former sports professionals transition into fulfilling new careers.

To find out more, please visit our website or contact Simon Andrews, a former professional player and PFA member, on 07825 696899 or