June 25, 2019
MetLife Australia and the AFA have joined forces to launch a new initiative designed to encourage women working in the financial advice sector.
Called MetLife Progress, the initiative takes the form of a professional development grant for women. Its purpose is to advocate for greater diversity in the industry by helping women in financial advice achieve their career goals.
The inaugural 2019 grant round will offer up to 15 professional development packages, which include a 2019 AFA Conference registration, attendance at AFA events including Masterclasses, and ongoing events along with networking and support from MetLife Australia.
AFA CEO, Philip Kewin, said the AFA has partnered with MetLife to deliver professional development activities such as learning opportunities, mentoring and networking.
From the insurer’s perspective, MetLife’s Head of Retail Sales, Matt Lippiatt said, “We want financial planning to become the career of choice for high calibre women in Australia, so that the profession can attract and nurture more great talent. MetLife Progress is one of the practical ways we’re supporting the growth of women in financial advice and helping them as they start out on a career long journey of learning.”
Applications for MetLife Progress opened this week and close on Friday 12 July.
To apply, applicants must:
- Identify as female
- Have up to five years’ experience as a financial adviser, planner or paraplanner as at 24 June 2019
- Not previously have attended an AFA Conference
- Have or obtain AFA membership