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Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship

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What is an insurance apprenticeship?

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.

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How it works

  • You’ll specialise in one of the core industry areas – underwriting, claims or direct customer support.

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  • 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*.


* Employers set salaries that are commensurate with the industry rate for the job. A reduced annual apprentice registration fee applies.

Below is a year-by-year breakdown of the programme for the general insurance stream of the apprenticeship. To learn more about the life apprenticeship programme, visit the LIA website.

 

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 it for?

The apprenticeship programme is designed for new entrants who want to build a career in the general or life insurance industry, from a variety of backgrounds including School Leavers, New Graduates, and Career Changers.

What’s expected of you?

Employers look for a combination of academic and soft skills when hiring apprentices. Having the right combination of both is a key advantage that will get you noticed.

  • You meet the Entry Requirements
  • You're a 'people person' and are comfortable speaking face-to-face and over the phone
  • You have the ambition to take on a position for three years
  • You can balance time between work and study
  • You have a basic understanding of spreadsheet (Excel) software

What are the requirements

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Do you currently work in the industry and hold an insurance qualification?
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Are you under 23 years of age?
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Do you have (or expect to receive) a minimum of 2 honours in higher level Leaving Cert subjects?
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Do you have (or expect to receive) four additional Leaving Cert passes including Maths and English/Irish?
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Do you have a related FETAC level 5 or 6 award including distinction grades in at least 3 components?
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Do you have another qualification, such as GCEAS, A2, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC etc?
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The apprenticeship programme is open to those currently working in the industry, subject to certain criteria. Please check with your employer to see if they are participating in the programme.

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You’re eligible to apply! Interviews and other assessment tools are used in the recruitment process.
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Great! You’re eligible to apply. Register your interest and we’ll let you know when applications open.

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You may not be eligible to apply for the programme right now. Have a look at the detailed entry requirements for
further information or email us at apprenticeship@iii.ie with any questions.

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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! Check out the latest apprenticeship positions in our Job Bank by clicking below.

FAQ’s

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. Your employer will support you in your on-the-job learning, with regular one to one personal development sessions with your industry supervisor and mentor.
The degree portion of the programme is government funded and you will also be paid a salary by your employer. Salaries will be commensurate with the industry entry level rate. A reduced apprentice registration fee applies.
Three years, broken down into nine semesters (three per year).
  • Key business skills such as communication, workplace collaboration, customer service, negotiation, innovation, creativity and critical thinking
  • Technical insurance knowledge, which you will obtain by completing professional insurance programmes, the Accredited Product Adviser (APA) and Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP)
  • Skills in emerging areas such as big data and e-business

Entry requirements include a minimum of 2 honours at higher level in the Leaving Cert or equivalent, and a pass in four additional subjects including Maths and English or Irish. If you are over 23, interviews or other selection tools may be used to assess instead of these minimum requirements. There is no work experience requirement.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enter the programme.

Check with your employer to see if they are taking part in the programme. The apprenticeship was developed to attract new entrants to the industry and therefore is not currently open to those with an insurance qualification – however if you’re a new entrant without an insurance qualification, you may still be eligible to apply.

Absolutely not. Apprentices can come from a wide range of backgrounds. Anyone who wants to begin a career in the insurance industry, from school leavers to third level students, graduates and career changers can apply to be an apprentice, provided they meet the minimum entry requirements or pass the interview selection process.

You won’t just earn one qualification – you’ll earn three, one each year.

  • Year 1: Accredited Product Adviser (APA) – this is the industry’s entry-level qualification. Insurance professionals need this before they can provide advice to customers unsupervised. Find out more about the APA →
  • Year 2: Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP) – the next step on from APA, many employers request their staff have this qualification as a minimum. Find out more about the CIP →
  • Year 3: BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice – at the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll graduate with a level 8 honours degree.

The next apprentices will start the programme in September 2019.

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