The Chartered Insurance Institute's (CII) Discover Fortunes
initiative has won the backing of more than 100 Personal Finance
Society (PFS) members less than six months after launching.
In giving their time, resources and expertise to the interactive
learning campaign, the supporters are helping to engage the next
generation of financial planning professionals and secure the
future of the sector.
The Discover Fortunes activity is designed to inspire students
to consider a career in financial planning and give greater
understanding to the range of opportunities that exist.
Since launching in December 2011, it has reached more than 1,000
students through 30 events at schools, colleges and universities
across England, Scotland and Wales. CII research indicates that
after playing the Discover Fortunes game, 80% of students would be
interested in working in the sector.
As part of its centenary of being granted a Royal Charter, the
CII is looking to the future with its Presidential Manifesto. The
theme of 'The Next Generation of Talent' outlines a number of key
objectives for 2012 designed to engage young people and encourage
employer support for incoming talent in the workplace.
The CII has already scheduled over 100 school and college events
for 2012, which includes a mix of career sessions, Discover
Fortunes and Discover Risk, an award-winning education initiative
on general insurance.
Caspar Bartington, relationship manager - education, CII,
said: "For the Discover Fortunes campaign to have gained such
phenomenal support in its first six months is something of a coup
for the CII. We're now starting to see advisers deliver Discover
Fortunes sessions autonomously in their local communities, with
Dean Thorpe from Charles James Financial Planning and Laura
Critchley from Friends Provident International being two excellent
"Looking to the future, it is important for employers and the
sector as a whole to attract high calibre recruits, and offering
work experience and employment opportunities can be a cost
effective platform for this. Initiatives such as ours offer an
opportunity to forge links with schools and colleges; for employers
looking to capitalise on these relationships, the CII's guide to
internships provides help for those firms looking to widen their
"The response from students, teachers and employers to Discover
Fortunes has been fantastic. What our supporters show is that
communicating the realities of financial planning as it really is -
a progressive vocation with countless opportunities for ambitious
school leavers and graduates - is an effective way of attracting
Lucy Grubb, media relations manager
Office: 020 7417 4430
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The CII is the world's leading professional organisation for
insurance and financial services. Its 105,000 members are committed
to maintaining the highest standards of technical competence and
ethical conduct. A robust framework of learning and development
solutions enables the CII to support corporate partners and
individuals across the industry. It ensures that all members comply
with minimum standards and inspires many more to achieve advanced
levels of technical and professional competence.
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Discover Fortunes was developed by the CII in 2011 to raise
awareness among students of the diverse range of opportunities that
exist in financial planning. The CII runs student events at
schools, colleges and universities around the country.
To explore what's involved in financial planning and find out
about the varied and fulfilling career opportunities visit
www.facebook.com/discoverfortunes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
follow Discover Fortunes on twitter at http://twitter.com/DiscFortunes
CII Presidential Manifesto
'The Next Generation of Talent' can be found on the CII website at
Internships: A good practice guide from the
Chartered Insurance Institute'
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