The team at Connect for Intermediaries has been running its acclaimed advisor Academy for the past few months, changing the way residential mortgage brokers and other intermediaries embark on entering the specialist finance market. 

The FP Show is hosting an exclusive series of Connect Academy taster sessions, called Connect Academy Labs, designed so that brokers can get a feel for the academy’s curriculum and will then be able to sign up to for the full course thereafter.

The three 45-minute sessions will be led by Liz Syms, owner of Connect for Intermediaries, and will be hosted in association with various lenders who will drop in throughout the day, offering their expertise in various areas.

The Connect Academy teaches brokers how to become a confident and competent adviser in the specialist mortgage industry.

Brokers that are new to the market need to learn a significant amount about the specialist lending industry to give adequate advice to customers, even if they have a residential mortgage qualification.

The Connect Academy therefore helps those with less experience to enter the market, educating them on specialist lenders’ criteria and offerings.

Its curriculum includes training on core compliance, specialist knowledge, researching the market, submitting business and generating leads.

A typical day on the week-long course runs from 9am-5pm, during which brokers will be trained in a range of topics including property insurance, advertising rules and standards and marketing.

Following the course, candidates will have access to the Connect team and will receive mentoring to help them to achieve competent adviser status in their chosen product areas.

The taster sessions are limited to 15-20 attendees each and are free of charge, requiring just a simple registration and booking on to a time slot at the expo on the 6th November. Brokers are encouraged to indicate their interest early by emailing

Dates of the course that follow the FP Show include the weeks commencing 11th November and 2nd December.

Course are being held at the following times in the Connect Academy Labs space within Olympia, Level 2: