Just Mortgages has received 750 applications for its broker academy.

The firm is holding an academy in January with the intention to bring “new blood” to the industry.

According to Just Mortgages, it attributes the high volume of demand for places to the busy mortgage market combined with an increase in those looking to change careers.

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It noted that this year has seen the greatest level of variety in applicant’s backgrounds.

Successful candidates will start five weeks of intensive training in January.

The training will take place either virtually or in person, dependent on COVID-19, and the recruits will graduate from the academy in February.

Furthermore, a blended learning approach will be used, with traditional classroom instruction backed up by Just Mortgages’ own Learning Management System.

Just Mortgages has received accreditation to enable the trainees to sit the exams at the firm’s own training facility.

John Phillips, group operations director at Just Mortgages, said: “The broker academy has never been more popular.

“With the rise in unemployment, we are seeing vast amounts of people looking to train as a broker from all walks of life.

“It’s great to see such a variety of candidates looking to become mortgage brokers, the housing market has remained robust throughout the pandemic and the amount of people looking to join the industry reflects this.

“There is no set path to becoming a broker and we are equally as open to recruiting graduates as we are to those who have experience in other fields.”