Allianz Insurance has opened its Technical School Leaver programme for the third year running to give students with A-level qualifications the opportunity to work within its Retail division. The technical programme has been specifically created for talented young people who are academically capable but might not wish to attend university, especially in light of the increase to tuition fees.
Candidates who gain a place on the three-year scheme will be offered a salary of £18,000 per annum and given the chance to gain technical skills across many areas, including motor, home, lifestyle and animal health as well as pricing development, fraud and business standards.
The technical programme will combine hands-on work experience with a professional study programme, as all of the apprentices will also be working towards a Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) qualification.
Sophie Thompson, the first technical apprentice to join Allianz Retail, said: “I’m now in my second year and I have enjoyed every aspect of it. I have been given the opportunity to explore different areas of the company and been continually supported to develop and become the best I can be. It’s also great that I have been able to earn as I learn unlike many of my friends who decided to go to university.
Tom Moss, retail technical director, said: “This is a great opportunity for bright and talented individuals to gain key technical skills and qualifications, which will allow them to gain a head start in their career development without going to university.”
He adds: “We recognise that the capabilities of our people are essential for a high performance organisation. This scheme demonstrates our commitment to training and developing employees, which we are confident will ensure that we meet the technical and leadership requirements of the future.”