The 2018 Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship programme is open for applications. If you can see yourself as an insurance apprentice, there are plenty of things you can do now to get your application ready and prepare yourself for the recruitment process. The following is a series of steps you can take to begin your career in insurance as an apprentice.
1. Register Your Interest
First things first, you will need to register your details here to join the list of interested candidates. In addition, when you register your details, The Insurance Institute will send you useful information on writing a great CV, building a solid personal online brand and how to conduct yourself in an insurance interview. Register your interest here
2. Check the Entry Requirements
As the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is a level 8 honours degree programme, there are requirements you must meet for entry to the course. These vary depending on whether you’re under 23 or if you have worked in the insurance industry previously. Aside from the academic entry requirements, individual employers may have specific entry requirements too – for example, they may be looking for someone with exceptional interpersonal or communication skills. Take the entry requirements quiz
3. Choose Your Path
Do some research and decide which area of insurance you wish to specialise in: Underwriting, Claims or Direct Customer Support. To learn more about these streams click here.
4. Prepare Your CV and Cover Letter
Once you have decided which stream you would like to work in – or perhaps you would like to apply for both – you will need to write an excellent CV and cover letter. You will apply directly to the company of your choice, many of whom will require you to email through your CV and cover letter. Others may have online application forms for you to complete. Regardless of the application method, you will need to ensure that your writing is clear and concise and that you communicate clearly your key skills and competencies. Some things to keep in mind:
- Make sure to tailor your CV or answers to the job you’re applying for – a generic CV won’t cut it
- Have someone proofread your CV and cover letter before you click send
- Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and that you have removed everything from your social media channels that you would not like a potential employer to see
5. Choose Your Employer
Employers will be announced in the coming weeks – register your interest to be notified as soon as they start accepting applications. There is no limit to how many employers you can apply to, just remember to tailor your CV to each company. When choosing the employer, ask yourself the following questions:
- What size of a business do I want to work for? Am I better suited to a small Broker firm or a large multi-national?
- Am I willing to relocate to another part of the country for my apprenticeship?
- Do I want to work in life or general insurance?
All of these factors will play a part in your employer choice.
6. Prepare for Interview
If an employer is impressed with your CV and cover letter and if you meet all entry requirements, you will then be called for interview. Whether you are just starting out and this is your first interview, or if you are changing careers and are an experienced interviewee, there are lots of techniques you can practice to ensure you impress on the day.
- Research the company beforehand and be prepared to talk about what they do, their products and their values
- Dress to impress
Prepare as many answers as you possibly can before the interview – learn more in our blog post
7. Receive a Job Offer and Get Started
If all goes well at the interview, you may then be offered a place on the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship by your employer. The programme officially begins in early September 2018. Take the first step in the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship application process – register your interest.
The CareersPortal Team