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CII hosts apprenticeship 'match-making' event with leading insurers

The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has brought together leading insurers, students and apprentices in a speed networking event to mark National Apprenticeships Week.

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."