The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has launched an initiative to help grow talent for the insurance and financial planning professions.
The programme will see thousands of young people aged over 13 from schools, colleges and universities across the UK given the opportunity to experience working in the sectors, building an understanding of the skills and characteristics needed to be successful and helping them to make informed decisions about their potential future career paths.
Participants in the scheme will gain a foundational knowledge of the insurance sector and discover what roles are available and which skills they will need to succeed. The programme runs ‘live’, and includes virtual modules, quizzes, activities, webinars, discussions and roundtables.
The CII has partnered with Springpod to create the first wave of experiences, which will be focused on the insurance sector this autumn, with a personal finance programme to follow in early 2024. Hundreds of students have already signed-up, with an ambition to reach 3,000 students over the next four years.
Claire Bishop, career partner manager at the CII, said: “This is an exciting new initiative that will bring the insurance and personal finance professions to life for thousands of young people. Virtual work experience takes away the barriers traditionally experienced by many young people when they are considering a profession or work experience.
“Giving many more young people, from diverse backgrounds, access to this programme for free will empower the next generation to take their future into their own hands, and to widen the talent pool for our professions.”