Sirius Property Finance is delighted to announce the ‘graduation’ of its first two Academy members, who have both successfully progressed from Case Manager to Associate (Debt Adviser) whilst working at the award-winning London brokerage.

Luke Casey and Christian Artimadis joined the business with no experience in the world of financial services and are the first Academy members to have successfully completed their training and obtained their full CeMAP qualification, enabling them to undertake the Debt Adviser role.

The Sirius Academy and Young Learners Programme ensures that new, ‘young blood’ is continually encouraged into the business and to the sector, making a strong contribution to the creation of a new generation of brokers into financial services.

Following in the footsteps of Luke and Christian, there are successive cohorts of young Academy undergraduates who are currently undertaking their training at Sirius Property Finance and studying for professional qualifications so as to emulate the success of their colleagues.

As part of the Brightstar Financial Group, Sirius Property Finance embraces the ethos of ‘growing your own’ and ‘teachers and learners’ approach to people development, which is pivotal to the Group’s unique and award-winning work culture. Every team member is considered to be engaged in ongoing ‘learning’ and also responsible for ‘teaching’, supporting and nurturing colleagues.

Clare Jupp, Group Director of People Development at The Brightstar Group, said: “The group has a highly successful Young Learners programme in place which offers everything from our Academy, work experience placements, internships and also taster days for young people interested in pursuing careers in financial services. The programme has been hugely successful to date, with subsequent appointments to the team being made from young

people who have undertaken work placements with the business. The programme has also been an excellent way of embracing diversity and inclusion within the business, focusing on encouraging more young people and women into financial services and operating within a work culture that encourages a fantastic range of applicants in terms of all protected characteristics. Working with MT Finance as our sponsor partner, our Greenhouse facility also supports our ‘Growing Our Own’ philosophy.”

Managing Director of Sirius Property Finance, Nicholas Christofi, commented: ”I am immensely proud of the Sirius Academy and what we have built here to create future generations for the industry. Both Luke and Christian are outstanding examples of what can be achieved with the right attitude, hard work and the outstanding support of our Academy. I would like to congratulate them for their achievement but also to thank our brilliant Sirius Team, whose contributions to the training of our Academy Undergraduates is key to its success. By sharing their expertise, knowledge and experience, we have been able to create brokers for the future and to inject new blood into the industry as a whole.”

The Brightstar Group remains the crowned champion as ‘The Sunday Times Best Small Company to Work For’, being identified as having extraordinary levels of workplace engagement and an outstanding people development culture.