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Insurance Apprenticeships - A Guide

Introduction To Insurance Apprenticeships
Are you thinking about working in insurance when you leave school? If that is you then have you considered doing Insurance Apprenticeships? For many young people, going to university to study full time after leaving school is either simply not an option, or, for some of you, you have just decided it is not for you.

The great news these days is, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a successful career in your chosen field. The investment in, and development of, Apprenticeships across many trades and professions means the door is open to young people who would prefer to learn on the job and earn a wage at the same time.

Insurance Apprenticeships will suit those of you who are looking to work in an exciting and challenging atmosphere, building relationships with clients and managing accounts. You could be doing insurance jobs with some of the largest insurance companies in the UK or you might prefer to work locally in smaller insurance brokers.

Whatever the case, Insurance Apprenticeships mean you will have no university debts to pay off once you start your career, you will earn a wage, you will get quality structured training and, at the end of that, you will also receive a nationally recognised, professional qualifications from the CII (Chartered Insurance Institute) or the CILA (Chartered Institute of Loss Adjustors).

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2 Year Apprenticeships

As well as gaining practical on-the-job experience within our team, you can achieve industry qualifications.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will secure a permanent, full-time position – subject to your performance and completion of studies.

How do Insurance Apprenticeships Work?
Did you know that the insurance industry is incredibly diverse? When you are doing your Insurance Apprenticeships, although you will come out at the other side with the same nationally recognised professional qualifications as other apprentices, your insurance jobs could be completely different. So, your experience will depend on your employer.

Whether you are hoping to be an insurance broker, an insurance underwriter or other title, in the future, you could be helping people to be financially protected from anything to cars, to health, to holidays to extreme weather. And everything in between, too. So, if you are asking yourself the question of why work in insurance, well, ultimately, you are there to give people peace of mind within a particular aspect of their life. Insurance jobs are about helping people.

Insurance Apprenticeships will suit those of you who are already working in entry level insurance jobs but who want to further their career and gain qualifications. If you are a school leaver with no previous experience, you will need to check what individual employers require for their insurance jobs. Some of the larger insurance companies will be looking for A-Levels as well as GCSEs whilst some companies may allow you to do Level 2 qualifications in Providing Financial Services, first, before moving on to do Insurance Apprenticeships.

Working In Insurance - Apprenticeship Standards
If you are thinking about working in insurance, you might well have heard about the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards which will be available for many trades and professions. These Apprenticeship Standards are already in place and have been approved for delivery for those of you looking to do insurance company jobs. The great thing about these Trailblazer Apprenticeships is they have been drawn up by top insurance employers and organisations - these are the guys who really know the job and know the skills you need to learn to succeed.

Trailblazer Insurance Apprenticeships are available at Level 3 (Insurance Practitioner) and Level 4 (Insurance Professional).

Level 3 Insurance Apprenticeship Standard - Insurance Practitioner
This is where you will learn the ropes for working in insurance competently. The apprenticeship will take between 12 and 18 months to complete. Depending on your employer and the role you specialise in, you will be awarded the Certificate In Insurance (Cert CII) or, if you have been doing insurance claims jobs, the Certificate in Claims Handling (Cert CI CILA).

Whatever type of insurance jobs you are doing, during your Apprenticeship, you will learn and develop the following knowledge and skills:
  • Insurance Market
  • Risk & Regulatory
  • Clients & Colleagues
  • Processes & Procedures
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Technical Ability
  • Relationship Development
  • Effective Working
  • Governance
This Level 3 Apprenticeship will also qualify you to register professional membership with the Chartered Insurance Institute and/or the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjustors.

Level 4 Insurance Apprenticeship Standard - Insurance Professional
If you really want to push your career in insurance further, then, after completing Level 3 Insurance Apprenticeships, you might be able to progress to Level 4 and become an Insurance Professional.

The Level 4 Insurance Apprenticeship Standard will typically take you 24-30 months to complete and at the end, you will be awarded a Diploma level qualification related to the type of insurance jobs you are doing. Your diploma will be awarded by either the CII or the CILA. If you haven’t already achieved Level 2 Maths and English (GCSE Grades A-C), you will need to achieve this before completing your Apprenticeship.

Level 4 Insurance Apprenticeships will see you take on more responsibility in the workplace, learn new areas of insurance and also further develop the skills and knowledge from Level 3. You could be working in insurance in any of the following roles:
  • Insurance Broker Jobs
  • Client Management
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Insurance Claims Jobs
  • Operations
  • Loss Adjusting
  • Reinsurance
  • Risk Management
  • Product & Pricing
  • Complaint Handling
Once you have completed Level 4 Insurance Apprenticeships, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration as Dip CII or Dip CILA. This is also a stepping stone to a full Advanced Diploma qualification.

Further Career Development After Insurance Apprenticeships
Some people doing jobs in insurance will choose to continue their career progression with more qualifications such as the Advanced Diploma in Insurance. You might work for larger insurance companies, working your way up to more senior roles or you could even go on to open your own firm as an insurance broker, for example.

Working in insurance jobs also gives you transferable skills where you could go on to work in other areas such as finance.

Apply for Insurance Apprenticeships In The UK
So, do Insurance Apprenticeships sound like just the ticket for you? If so, take a look now to see if there are any exciting opportunities available for you. You could soon be on the road to an exciting career, giving individuals and companies peace of mind that what is important to them is covered.

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