Year Two of The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship Kicks Off with 85 New Apprentices
The Insurance Practitioner
Apprenticeship, Ireland’s first level-8-degree apprenticeship, kicked off its second-year
last week, with 85 new apprentices from all across the country, beginning the
three year ‘earn and learn’ programme. First launched in 2016, The Insurance
Practitioner Apprenticeship is helping to reshape the landscape of
apprenticeships in Ireland as it enables apprentices to work for an insurance
employer, while also studying for a BA Hons in Insurance Practice.
The programme is run in
partnership with IT Sligo, and while only in its second-year has garnered much
attention and places are in high demand. The Insurance Institute received over 1,500
registrations of interest in the 2017 programme, with candidates evenly spilt across
graduates, career changers, and school leavers.
The Insurance Practitioner
Apprenticeship is completely unique, as apprentices gain real life on the job
experience, while also working towards a third-level qualification. Commenting on the beginning of the second year
of the programme, Sandra Harvey Graham, Apprenticeship Programme Manager, The
Insurance Institute, said:
“We are thrilled with the success
of the apprenticeship programme to date, while only in its infancy it has grown by 20%
since its first year and impressively holds the record for the largest intake
at any one time of apprentices, to any course or programme in the country. We
want to see this success continue, and remain at the forefront of what modern
apprenticeships look like in Ireland.
“At The Insurance Institute, we are passionate
about lifelong learning, and we developed The Insurance Practitioner
Apprenticeship not only to respond to the needs of the insurance industry but
because we wanted to create something sustainable which
would modernise insurance as a career.
“The programme has been a game changer, not only has it taken great steps towards future proofing talent acquisition within the insurance industry but it also offers young people a real and affordable alternative to third level education. Combine all of this with the industry’s ability to provide local jobs, to local people throughout the country, I feel that we have been able to revitalise insurance as a career option.”
The 2017 Insurance Practitioner Apprentices
Dr. Michael Barrett, Head of School of Business & Social Sciences, IT Sligo commented:
The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship was first launched in September 2016, and was Ireland's first, earn and learn honours degree programme. The Government funded apprenticeship (students pay only €600 in registration fees annually) is run in partnership with IT Sligo and for the first time this year, the Life Insurance Association (LIA). Apprentices complete the degree portion online through distance learning over three years. The minimum entry requirements include two honours in higher level subjects in the Leaving Cert and a pass in four additional subjects including English/Irish and Maths. Alternatively, if applicants are over 23, interviews or other selection tools may be used.
For more information on the programme please visit www.earnandlearn.ie