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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

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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 can access helpful CV tips, interview advice, personal development exercises and articles on our resources page.
 
  • 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*.

 

* Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all on-the-job tasks may be carried out remotely. This is subject to the employer’s policy

* 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 and a full breakdown of the programme modules available for the general insurance stream of the apprenticeship can be viewed here and the life insurance stream here.

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?
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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.

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! 

Murray & Spelman - Insurance Apprentice (Galway and Kildare)

Murray & Spelman - Insurance Apprentice (Galway and Kildare)

Murray & Spelman (Financial Services) Ltd. continues to grow as one of the leading Financial Brokers in Ireland with offices in both Galway & Kildare. We have been helping our customers look after their Financial Services needs for over 60 years.

AIG - Insurance Operations Apprentice

AIG - Insurance Operations Apprentice

The American International Group (AIG) serves commercial, institutional, and individual customers in more than 130 countries through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. AIG employees have the unique opportunity to accelerate their career across the multiple business lines, functions, and regions in which we operate. Strong work ethic, motivation, and talent will ensure your success at AIG, as we provide exceptional opportunities for growth throughout our global business.

Newcourt Retirement Fund - Junior Pensions Administrator

Newcourt Retirement Fund - Junior Pensions Administrator

Newcourt Retirement Fund Managers Limited (NRFM) in conjunction with its associate company Newcourt Pensioneer Trustees Limited specialise in the provision of self-invested pension products. We are one of the few providers in the market that offer a full range of pension products on a self-invested basis. 

CMCC Financial Solutions - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

CMCC Financial Solutions - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

CMCC Financial Solutions provides financial solutions including Family Protection, Business Protection, Retirement Planning, Pensions and Mortgages. We adapt to our client's ever-changing financial circumstances and in doing so develop lasting financial relationships. Our aim at all times is to not only provide value but more importantly add value. Our focus will always be on our clients as they have made us what we are – their first and last Trusted Financial Adviser. 

Allianz - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Allianz - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

As the trusted insurance partner to over 500,000 customers across the island of Ireland, Allianz plc has built a local and global brand based on trust, integrity and outstanding customer service for over one hundred years.

We are recruiting a number of Allianz Apprentices to join our business in September 2021 and to commence the III/IT Sligo Apprenticeship programme.

If you would like to join the Apprenticeship programme within Allianz, we would love to hear from you.

CIÉ Group Risk - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

CIÉ Group Risk - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) is Ireland's national public transport provider. Over 230 million journeys are made annually on our network of national, regional, local and urban services across Iarnród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann.

The CIÉ Group Risk Department, based in Bridgewater House, Islandbridge, Dublin 8 is responsible for minimizing the Group's exposure to financial risk.

Abtran - Customer Services Agent (Sligo)

Abtran - Customer Services Agent (Sligo)

Founded in 1997, we’re proud to be Ireland’s leading homegrown provider of Business Process Management services. 

Over the past twenty years, we’ve connected with millions of customers on behalf of trusted brands across the Utilities, Transport, Financial Services and the Government sectors.

We help our clients to stand out on service and achieve better business results through our people, processes and advanced technology solutions. Headquartered in Cork, we have multiple sites across Ireland.  We provide our clients with a mix of outsourced, insourced and fully managed services.

Davies Group - Personal Injury Claims Handler (Dublin)

Davies Group - Personal Injury Claims Handler (Dublin)

Davies Group are a global team of more than 5,000 professionals operating across the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada & Bermuda. Specialising in professional and technology services, we work in partnership with leading insurance and financial businesses that operate in a highly regulated global arena.

WTW - General Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

WTW - General Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

WTW is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, WTW has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries.

Blue Insurance - Customer Service Apprentice (Dublin)

Blue Insurance - Customer Service Apprentice (Dublin)

Founded in October 2003, Blue Insurance is an online insurance business, providing online Travel, Car Hire Excess, Motor Breakdown, Gadget, Pet, Bicycle and Wedding insurance. Since 2003 we have grown from a niche travel insurance provider with a team of into an award winning, Deloitte Best Managed Company.

Aviva - Underwriting Apprentice (Dublin - Cherrywood)

Aviva - Underwriting Apprentice (Dublin - Cherrywood)

We help our 18 million customers to save for the future and manage the risks of everyday life. To give these customers the best possible products and service we know we must make Aviva the most attractive choice for talented, entrepreneurial people with diverse backgrounds and an evolving range of expertise and insight.

MDL Financial Consultants - Trainee Financial Adviser (Cavan)

MDL Financial Consultants - Trainee Financial Adviser (Cavan)

MDL Financial Consultants was established in 2004, as specialised providers of bespoke financial solutions for individuals, business owners and companies. Our main activities are in the provision of financial advice, and where appropriate, arranging transactions in the areas of pensions, savings and investments and protection products.

Avia - Claims Apprentice (Galway)

Avia - Claims Apprentice (Galway)

We help our 18 million customers to save for the future and manage the risks of everyday life. To give these customers the best possible products and service we know we must make Aviva the most attractive choice for talented, entrepreneurial people with diverse backgrounds and an evolving range of expertise and insight.

Aviva - Apprentice Underwriter (Cork)

Aviva - Apprentice Underwriter (Cork)

We help our 18 million customers to save for the future and manage the risks of everyday life. To give these customers the best possible products and service we know we must make Aviva the most attractive choice for talented, entrepreneurial people with diverse backgrounds and an evolving range of expertise and insight.

Aviva - Life Insurance Apprentice (Dublin - Cherrywood)

Aviva - Life Insurance Apprentice (Dublin - Cherrywood)

We help our 18 million customers to save for the future and manage the risks of everyday life. To give these customers the best possible products and service we know we must make Aviva the most attractive choice for talented, entrepreneurial people with diverse backgrounds and an evolving range of expertise and insight.

RSA - Apprentice Claims Handler (Galway)

RSA - Apprentice Claims Handler (Galway)

Founded in 1710, we are a 300-year-old organisation that is empowering people to put the right things in place to prepare them for their future so that they can live a more fulfilled life free from worry and anxiety.

WP O’Reilly & Associates - Insurance Apprentice (Meath)

WP O’Reilly & Associates - Insurance Apprentice (Meath)

At W P O’Reilly & Associates Ltd, we have been helping our customers look after their Pension, Investment/Savings, Protection and Mortgage needs for over 35 years.

123.ie - Customer Care Apprentice - Dublin

123.ie - Customer Care Apprentice - Dublin

Founded in 1710, we are a 300-year-old organisation that is empowering people to put the right things in place to prepare them for their future so that they can live a more fulfilled life free from worry and anxiety.

RSA - Underwriter Apprentice (Galway)

RSA - Underwriter Apprentice (Galway)

Founded in 1710, we are a 300-year-old organisation that is empowering people to put the right things in place to prepare them for their future so that they can live a more fulfilled life free from worry and anxiety.

BHP Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

BHP Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

BHP Insurances is an Irish Owner Brokerage providing insurance solutions exclusively for the Not for Profit sector in Ireland. BHP has partnered with and been the preferred broker for many Umbrella bodies and National Organisations providing Tailored products and an unrivalled personal service for the Community, Charity, Sports and Social Housing sectors.

Prudent Financial - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Prudent Financial - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

At Prudent Financial, we have been helping our customers look after their financial needs for many years and we have a reputation for reliability and efficiency. We are committed to our customers. Our business grows entirely by referral and word of mouth, so, our reputation and the quality of Prudent advice we provide is of utmost importance.

Sedgwick - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Sedgwick - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Since our founding in 1969, Sedgwick has been a purpose and values driven company. Our continual growth and evolution has been rooted in our consistent approach to the important work our colleagues perform each day. Each year, millions of people and organizations across the globe count on Sedgwick to take care of their needs when something unexpected happens.

Abbey Wealth - Paraplanner Apprenticeship (Dublin)

Abbey Wealth - Paraplanner Apprenticeship (Dublin)

Abbey Wealth is a specialised wealth management business, with an unrivalled commitment to delivering high quality financial planning and investment advice for expat clients across the globe.

Ours is a dynamic, customer-focussed environment and we are proud to be ranked Excellent for service and quality in the independent ‘Trustpilot’ reviews.  We are financially strong and ensure clients’ confidence and peace of mind with a gold standard level of regulation. 

Cormican Life - Insurance Apprentice (Galway)

Cormican Life - Insurance Apprentice (Galway)

Established in 1983 and based in Moycullen, Galway, Cormican Life Limited (CLL) is a Financial Brokerage specialising in financial planning and investment advice.  Our key strength lies in collaborating with our clients to help manage their behaviour in tandem with a long term financial plan.  We service our client’s financial needs efficiently in line with their personal circumstances to achieve their financial goals.

iCare Brokers - Insurance Apprentice (Athlone)

iCare Brokers - Insurance Apprentice (Athlone)

iCare Brokers has recently been acquired by the newly created iCare Brokers limited. iCare Brokers are a medium sized company who thrive on close relationships with their customers and have a close knit team who work well together to achieve this.

Infinity Financial Panning - Insurance Apprentice (Cork)

Infinity Financial Panning - Insurance Apprentice (Cork)

WTW - Pensions Administrator Apprentice (Life) - Dublin

WTW - Pensions Administrator Apprentice (Life) - Dublin

WTW is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, WTW has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries.

Phelan Caswell Insurances - Insurance Broker (Dublin)

Phelan Caswell Insurances - Insurance Broker (Dublin)

Phelan Caswell Insurances Ltd (PCI), formally BHP Insurances Ltd, was founded in 1998 with a commitment to be a leading provider of Insurance and Financial Planning services.

We have developed innovative insurance and risk solutions for all kinds of business sectors. We are constantly seeking new ways to combine our in-house expertise with today’s technology and exploit new opportunities and services for our valued clients.

MGM Financial Services - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

MGM Financial Services - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

MGM Financial Services (Rathfarnham) are a small close-knit team who work closely with our clients and their families. If you join us as an apprentice, you’ll be joining a financial planning advisory firm who work with all the providers in the marketplace to find client focused solutions. As it’s a small team you’ll be exposed to everything from administration to website maintenance and how to put together a financial plan.

Dolmen Insurance Brokers - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Dolmen Insurance Brokers - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

At Dolmen Insurance, we have been helping our customers look after their insurance needs for over 20 years. We have 30K Irish customers and we have over 70 people working for us in Ireland. We are one of Ireland’s most established Insurance brokers. We have a reputation for reliability and efficiency and are committed to our customers.

BlueChip Financial Consultants - Apprenticeship (Dublin)

BlueChip Financial Consultants - Apprenticeship (Dublin)

We are independent advisers and providers of insurance, pension and investment management for individual and company clients. Our financial advice and service includes; pensions, investments, life assurance, mortgages, deposits and health insurance.

Alan Tierney & Partners - Apprentice Insurance Broker (Dublin)

Alan Tierney & Partners - Apprentice Insurance Broker (Dublin)

Established in 1979, Alan Tierney & Partners Ltd is a commercial insurance brokerage and financial advisory firm. We’re proud to say we were shortlisted in the category of Best Dublin Broker in the 2015 and 2017 IBA Awards for life insurance, investments and pensions.

Arachas - Apprentice Account Executive (Various)

Arachas - Apprentice Account Executive (Various)

Arachas is Ireland’s largest, fastest-growing, nationwide insurance brokerage. We specialise in protecting Irish entrepreneurial spirit - the backbone of the Irish economy. We do this by combining our knowledge of the insurance issues facing Irish people, in business and in their day-to-day life, with our access to solid and reliable insurance providers.

FAQ’s

Although employers can start hiring apprentices as early as the Spring, the next apprentices will officially start the programme in September 2022. 

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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