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We asked Deirdre Sayers from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Deirdre Sayers

Primary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Deirdre Sayers
Do not go into teaching solely for holidays, and definitely not if you want to be rich! You need to like children be patient, kind and be able to work with many types of people.

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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Zurich Insurance Traineeship Programme for Wexford

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Zurich Insurance Traineeship Programme for Wexford

Thursday, June 04, 2015 

Zurich Insurance Traineeship Programme for Wexford

On Thursday 4 June, Zurich Insurance plc (“Zurich”) launched an Insurance Traineeship Programme for the Wexford area, aimed at offering those in long-term unemployment the opportunity to secure a one-year training and job placement at Zurich's dedicated centre of excellence in Drinagh.

The programme developed by Zurich, The Insurance Institute of Ireland (III) and Waterford Wexford Training Services (WWTS) will focus on developing learners’ core skills through on the job and off-site learning.

Learners will work towards achieving their Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) with the III and will also undertake a Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Level 5 Business Administration Certificate to support the development of their business skills.

In addition to professional training, during their placement successful applicants will experience first-hand the skills required to work within Zurich’s various business areas by completing rotations in its Claims, Personal Lines, Broker, Commercial and Operations departments.

The traineeship is now open for applications via local Intreo Centres and the closing date for applications is Friday 10 July 2015.

Full details available here

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