Adrian Batchelor, Founding Academy Director

The St. James's Place Academy provides what I believe is an unrivalled development programme for outstanding individuals who have no previous experience of giving personal financial advice.

The flagship St. James’s Place Academy opened its doors in 2012 with the London Academy.



Our second Academy programme was launched in the heart of Manchester’s Spinningfields business district in 2014.


St. James’s Place founded its Academy Programme in Solihull in 2015.


In February 2016, St. James’s Place opened its doors in Edinburgh. 

Are you ready for a career change?

Have you reached a point in your working life when you need a new challenge? Or how about a completely new career direction? The Academy offers the opportunity for individuals to create their own successful wealth management business. The Academy programme process is outlined below.

Selection Process

We operate a rigorous selection process for gaining entry to the St. James's Place Academy programme. Starting your own business in financial services is not for the faint hearted or uncommitted. You have to be self-motivated and totally dedicated to gaining the knowledge, skills and expertise required to deliver a world class wealth management service to your clients.

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Training & Development

The Academy training & development syllabus is a rigorous coaching and assessment programme that will equip you to provide a first class, professional and expert wealth management service to your clients.

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Rewards & Benefits

For many individuals the opportunity to take control of their financial future is a key aspiration. Building your own business and experiencing the rewards this can bring can be the first step on your journey toward taking charge of your working life and creating financial independence for you and your dependants.

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News & events

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Inspiring women – St. James’s Place business opportunity event

On 29 June, we are hosting an exclusively for women.

During the evening, we will highlight the opportunities the Academy has provided to a number of successful women, which has enabled them to take control of their working lives with a financially and personally rewarding career.

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