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The structure of the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is as follows:
Duration: 3 years
Qualification: BA (Hons) Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship – Level 8 NFQ
Training provider: IT Sligo/The Insurance Institute
Commencement date: September 2016
Outline: Apprentices undertake insurance qualifications, delivered by The Insurance Institute, as well as business and accounting modules from IT Sligo.
Off/On the Job Phases: The structure of the off-the-job programme involves six 15-week semesters, each consisting of three modules. This is combined with on-the-job learning delivered through full-time employment with an insurance company.
Off-the-job learning delivery will be a blend of online lectures, online discussion/engagement and face to face teaching with provision for group sessions per semester. Typically this will result in one day a week study release for the apprentice, in the employer’s premises, away from the desk.
As semesters are 15 weeks apiece, the apprentice will have fewer study hours during the summer period and will have more to time to learn practically on-the-job.
Provider: Zurich / The Insurance Institute
Being accepted on this proposed Apprenticeship will require a job seeker to first secure an “Apprenticeship Contract” with an approved organisation / employer.
As details of approved organisations become available, they will be included here.
Each approved organisation will determine the particular salary structure for the apprenticeship, which will be communicated at contract negotiation stage with the proposed candidate.
There will be no difference in rate-of-pay between the time an apprentice spends on-the-job and time in training.
Each apprentice will be employed directly by an insurance company, and will therefore be required to meet the particular employer’s specific recruitment criteria.
Certain additional requirements must also be met for admission to the proposed apprenticeship programme:
Apprentices will be employed directly by an insurance company. Application for new entrants will be to the particular company. Employer’s specific recruitment criteria must be met, as well as certain additional requirements for admission to the apprenticeship programme as outlined in 'Entry requirements' below.
Employers will be required to ensure that their organisation meets the criteria to take on an apprentice and be registered as an approved employer of apprentices. Once approved, employers will be able to recruit apprentices through their regular recruitment process, provided the apprentice meets the stated entry requirements.
|Insurance companies Now Recruiting:|
|Zurich Insurance Group||
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School leavers who embark on the professional apprenticeship scheme will get their foot on the career ladder earlier than most graduates, while still earning a level 8 qualification and a salary.
Insurance Practitioner Apprentices become part of a pool of talent from which organisations can recruit when looking for people who want to create a strong career in the insurance industry and who have the qualifications and employability skills to do so.
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