CII paving the way for insurance apprenticeships

During 2012 the number of new apprentices in the insurance and financial services sector studying CII qualifications exceeded 1,000 for the first time, an increase of more than 30% on the previous year.

Stuart Andrew MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough recently met with an apprentice at Integrity Claims Management (ICM) in Leeds, who is studying for qualifications with the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) to discuss this increasingly popular route into insurance.

Apprentice Jade Popple, said: “My apprenticeship with Integrity Claims Management has given me unrivalled hands on experience of what claims management is like early on in my career. My CII studies help support my work and I would recommend a technical apprenticeship to any young person who is looking for a route into the insurance sector.”

Mr Andrew added: “Apprenticeships give people the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience and I am always delighted to meet with apprentices and their employers to get their perspective. Speaking with Jade gave me a good insight into the structure of technical apprenticeships and how the programme has been working for both parties – the individual and the employer. I am pleased that apprenticeships have been moving steadily up the political agenda because it is important that this approach is treated with the same prominence as higher education.”