The Chartered Insurance
Institute (CII) has brought together leading insurers, students and
apprentices in a speed networking event to mark National
The CII has held the event in a bid to raise awareness of
apprenticeships as a viable alternative to university in offering a
route to a professional career in insurance. It is the first of
many events the professional body is holding around the country
during National Apprenticeships Week.
More than 100 students from schools across London and
apprentices from insurers including Zurich, Aviva, Aon, Lloyd's of
London amongst others will participate in the speed-networking
event designed to inform students on what it is like to be an
apprentice in the insurance profession.
Other events being hosted this week include two Facebook Live
events hosted by MTV presenter Maya Jama and a talk at Greenford
High School in London for around 150 parents to discover whether an
apprenticeship may be a good opportunity for their children.
The events follow the launch of the Personal Finance Society's
financial adviser apprenticeship programme, Aspire.
Aspire provides individuals with an 18 month structured training
programme that helps them achieve the necessary qualifications and
skills required to become a fully qualified financial adviser.
The launch of the scheme followed the development of the new
financial adviser apprenticeship standard, which was sponsored by
the Personal Finance Society and approved by the Department for
Education in November 2016.
Caspar Bartington, CII education relationship manager, and
organiser of the events, said: "Ahead of the implementation of the
apprenticeship levy next month, we have brought together students,
apprentices and insurers to show the value of these schemes and how
they offer a great route into fantastic careers without having to
go to university.
"We wanted to show students and parents alike that
apprenticeships are a viable option and to give them the
opportunity to speak to apprentices and ask questions before
embarking on that route. It is exciting that so many leading insurers
have decided to take part to raise awareness."