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Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship Programme

Build a new career in the general or life insurance industry.

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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 ATU Sligo and The Insurance Institute or the LIA.

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How it works

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On-the-job*

  • You should review the Entry Requirements for the programme.
  • You register your interest for the programme to receive job notifications from employers across Ireland.
  • You apply to apprenticeship positions available on the Jobs page.
  • You can approach local employers in your area to inquire about an apprenticeship.
 
  • 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*.

 

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

 

 

Below is an overview of what you will focus on year-by-year.

Year 1

While you’re learning the ropes on-the-job, you’ll also be studying a wide range of insurance and business-related modules including professional business communication, teamwork and workplace collaboration, and selling and customer service for insurance.

 

Year 2

Once you’re settled into your role, you will start to specialise more with regards your technical insurance modules and be learning more around wider business concepts including marketing principles, service development, E-business and innovation, and negotiation in practice.

Year 3

For your final year as an apprentice, you’ll advance your knowledge and develop expertise through modules focused on innovation, creativity and critical thinking, financial analysis and interpretation, business law for insurance practitioners, big data, advanced Excel and a Capstone project/dissertation on a topic of your choice.

 

 

Qualification:

BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice

 

Who’s it for?

The apprenticeship programme is designed for School Leavers, New Graduates, and Career-Changers who meet the Entry Requirements and want to build a new career in the general or life insurance industry. 

Listen to what our past and present apprentices have to say about their experience in the programme.

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 apply for available apprenticeship positions on our Jobs page or seek an apprenticeship with an insurance company in your region.
  • You’re a ‘people person’ and are comfortable speaking face-to-face, online and over the phone.
  • You have the ambition to take on a position for three years.
  • You can work remotely and in an office environment.
  • You can balance time between work, study and exams.*
  • You have a basic understanding of spreadsheet (Excel) software.

*All exams take place online.

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?
Answer

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.

Answer

You’re eligible to apply! Interviews and other assessment tools are used in the recruitment process.

Register your interest to find out when companies are hiring.

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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! 

Crotty Insurace - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Crotty Insurace - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

At Crotty Insurance Brokers, we have been helping our customers look after their General Insurance needs since 1994. We are focussed on Commercial

We have a reputation for reliability and efficiency and are committed to our customers. We are a Niche Corporate Insurance Broker and provide General Insurance Broking and Consultancy services to Clients in a range of Business Sectors throughout Ireland and overseas.

Allied Financial - Apprentice Financial Adviser (Mayo)

Allied Financial - Apprentice Financial Adviser (Mayo)

Based in Ballina, Co. Mayo we, at Allied Financial have been helping our customers look after their financial needs for over 23 years.The partners, Mark Winters QFA and Henry Bourke, QFA have over 50 years’ experience between them in the life assurance industry. We have a reputation for reliability, honesty and efficiency and are committed to putting our customers financial needs first.

Mortgageline - Insurance Broker Apprentice (Dublin)

Mortgageline - Insurance Broker Apprentice (Dublin)

At Mortgageline, we have been helping our customers look after their Mortgage and Life Assurance needs for over 20 years. We have thousands of Irish customers and a strong team of 18 people working for us. We are one of Ireland’s most established Mortgage Brokers and have an excellent reputation with our clients and Business Partners.  We are very customer focused and our Company motto is Good People, Sound Advice.

Walfrid Private - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Walfrid Private - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Walfrid Private is a Wealth Management firm based in Ballymount in Dublin 12. We assist Irish Company Directors, Business Owners and Entrepreneurs to reduce costs, reduce taxes and improve both business and personal financial performance. 

Odin Brokers - Mortgage Broker Apprentice (Wicklow)

Odin Brokers - Mortgage Broker Apprentice (Wicklow)

At Odin Brokers, we have been helping our customers look after their Mortgage, Insurance and Pension needs for over 10 years.

We are a busy Brokerage based in Bray dealing with high volumes of Mortgage, Insurance and Pension applications.

MKIG - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

MKIG - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

We are one of the leading Insurance Brokers in North County Dublin with over 50 years’ experience in business. We have an extensive list of corporate and private clients whom we service with a wide range of insurance services and advice.

Premier Insurances - Insurance Apprentice (Thurles)

Premier Insurances - Insurance Apprentice (Thurles)

Premier Insurances is a busy locally owned Insurance Broker based in Thurles, Co Tipperary and we are one of the best independent brokers in Ireland. We are offering an exciting opportunity to an enthusiastic individual who wishes to develop their career in insurance broking. We value all our staff and are committed to providing an inclusive working environment.

DLS Capital Management - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

DLS Capital Management - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

DLS Capital Management Limited was established in 2008 to provide financial planning and investment advice. DLS Capital Management Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and is a member of Brokers Ireland.

Our firm has earned a reputation for successfully building relationships with our clients and providing innovative solutions to meet their particular requirements. We are passionate about financial planning and our services are designed to accommodate the needs of a wide range of individuals and companies.

Life Goals - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Life Goals - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

At Life Goals Ltd we have been helping our customers look after their Financial Planning needs for over 20 years.

We are one of Ireland’s most established Financial Planning companies and we have earned a reputation for reliability, efficiency and an unrivalled commitment to our client’s financial well being.

Evolution Financial Planning - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Evolution Financial Planning - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Our primary focus is to help our clients to set their objectives, achieve their goals and make good financial decisions now and in the future. Working as part of our growing Financial Planning team, you will provide administration support across financial planning, pensions, investments, partnerships, life, and mortgages.

P. O’Loughlin Financial Services - Insurance apprentice (Dublin)

P. O’Loughlin Financial Services - Insurance apprentice (Dublin)

We have over 30 years of experience in the financial services and insurance industry. Our close-knit team provide honest and qualified guidance. We are committed to achieving our clients’ financial goals while providing a level of service that gives total peace of mind. We provide clients with advice on pensions, life assurance and investments. Our client base ranges from individuals, sole traders to limited companies.

Howden - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Howden - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Howden Ireland is part of Howden, the global insurance intermediary group, and has over 400 employees across 24 local offices advising clients on their commercial insurance, personal insurance, health insurance, life and pensions and mortgage requirements. Our success is primarily down to the incredible people we employ.

Ask Acorn - New Business Sales Advisor (Galway)

Ask Acorn - New Business Sales Advisor (Galway)

100% Irish-owned and Galway based, Ask Acorn is the one-stop shop for essential personal and business finance needs. From car and home insurance to life cover, protection and pensions, Ask Acorn offers genuine personal service, tailored solutions and expert answers to your personal financial questions. All delivered via our Galway-based Head Office team and a nationwide network of financial advisors.

Howden - Insurance Apprentice (Wexford)

Howden - Insurance Apprentice (Wexford)

Howden Ireland is part of Howden, the global insurance intermediary group, and has over 400 employees across 24 local offices advising clients on their commercial insurance, personal insurance, health insurance, life and pensions and mortgage requirements. Our success is primarily down to the incredible people we employ.

Rockwell - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Rockwell - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Rockwell is an Irish-owned and managed wealth management firm, committed to delivering excellent outcomes for our clients. We are made up of 25 employees, with €280M AUM & 20+ years’ experience on the market. We are passionate about our client’s financial well-being.

Mortgage Search - Insurance Apprentice (Cork)

Mortgage Search - Insurance Apprentice (Cork)

At Mortgage Search, we have been helping our customers look after their Mortgage needs for over 20 years. We have thousands of Irish customers and we have over 20 people working for us in Ireland.

MBC Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Kerry)

MBC Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Kerry)

MBC Insurance has been in business for over 43 years at this point, originating from our Cork City centre we have expanded to include a second office in Listowel, Co. Kerry. Our primary objectives in terms of our interaction with customers has always been to make available the most suitable insurance products to our clients as well as ensuring that these same products operate effectively at the time of a claim.

FAQ’s

Although employers can start hiring apprentices as early as the Spring, apprentices will officially start the programme in September of each year.

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.
  • 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.

Three years, broken down into nine semesters (three per year).

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 ATU 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.

As long as you meet the Entry Requirements for the programme, you are eligible to apply for any available apprenticeship positions. You must check that you hold permissions (visa/permit) to work in Ireland.

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