General | 11 Jul 2019

Find your path to success in insurance

There's still time for participants and employers to register for the Insurance Practitioners Apprenticeship programme before the first semester of studies begins in September.

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is Ireland’s first apprenticeship to award a level 8 honours degree – the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice.

The three-year, work-based training programme combines academics with on-the-job learning, allowing you to acquire both technical and soft skills. As an apprentice, you will be recruited into an insurance organisation, where you will learn the practical aspects of the job while studying towards your degree. All study is done online through IT Sligo and The Insurance Institute or the LIA.

How it works

  • You’ll specialise in one of the core industry areas – underwriting, claims or direct customer support. Learn more about these areas.
  • You’ll learn about the business by completing projects and case studies. 
  • You’ll study through a blend of online lectures, discussions and face-to-face group sessions – all during working hours.
  • A mentor and supervisor will help you along the way. 
  • You’ll earn a salary and your academic training is government funded*.

Year 1

While you’re learning the ropes on-the-job, you’ll also be studying:

  • The nature of insurance
  • Compliance and advice
  • Personal general insurance
  • Professional business communication
  • Teamwork and workplace collaboration
  • Selling and customer service for insurance products

Qualification:Accredited Product Adviser (APA)

Year 2

Once you’re settled into your role, you will move on to learning about:

  • Commercial general insurance
  • Risk control and underwriting
  • Claims and loss adjusting
  • General insurance broking
  • Numeric technical communication
  • Introduction to business (management and marketing)
  • E-business and innovation
  • Negotiation in practice

Qualification:Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP)

Year 3

For your final year as an apprentice, you’ll advance your knowledge and expertise through:

  • Capstone project/dissertation
  • Innovation, creativity and critical thinking
  • Financial analysis and interpretation
  • Business law for insurance practitioners
  • Big data/advanced Excel

Qualification:BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice

Who’s hiring?

From large corporations to small hometown brokerages, insurance companies from all over Ireland are looking for talented, driven and team-oriented apprentices like you!

Right now companies are hiring;

Insurance Apprentices

Claims Apprentices

Client Service Advisor Apprentices

Check out some of the latest apprenticeship positions in the Insurance Institute's Job Bank by clicking HERE

Companies willing to take on Apprentices within the Insurance Industry should CLICK HERE there's still time to register!

Employers can register their interest in recruiting for the programme at any time before the first semester of studies starting in September. Find out more about employer duties and responsibilities HERE

Benefits to business

There are many benefits for employers as a direct result of hiring an apprentice, ranging from low-cost training to staff retention amongst others:

  • Government funded
  • Soft skills development
  • Fill your skills gaps
  • Fast track to compliance

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