Bluefin offers three year Higher Apprenticeships for second year running
Bluefin is offering school-leavers three year Higher Apprenticeships for the second year running, in addition to the one year Standard Apprenticeships being offered for the seventh year in a row. The Standard Apprenticeship is a 12 month programme after which students obtain the Cert CII, and the Higher Apprenticeship is a 36 month programme following which students obtain the Dip CII.
Having been involved in the National Apprenticeship Scheme for the past six years, Bluefin has seen 119 members of staff obtain their Cert CII. The National Apprenticeship Scheme combines technical training with study for the Chartered Insurance Institute qualifications, tailored to the apprentices’ areas of work.
National Apprenticeship Week 2015 will run from 9 to 13 March 2015. One of its aims is to encourage more small businesses to take on apprentices, and to promote the range and breadth of apprenticeships on offer, including those at Higher level and with blue chip companies.
Billy Mole, SME Insurance Broking Apprentice, Lincoln, says:“I enjoy the combination of learning on the job, working alongside experienced colleagues, and the support provided by Bluefin. I value the ability to obtain a professional qualification without taking the traditional route, and knowing once the program has finished that I will be employed and have the option to continue studying.
“As the apprenticeship is focused around insurance, the material is relevant and makes studying easier, as it contributes towards day to day working practical knowledge. I am currently studying for my P81 in Insurance Broking Practice and would like to continue to study and become a chartered Insurance Broker, then obtain an MSc in Insurance and Risk management to further my career within Bluefin.”
Chantelle Bowman, Bluefin Commercial Account Handler, Carlisle says: “I work in the Desk Team unit and like the fact that I am gaining a qualification whilst being employed. I am able to increase my knowledge of insurance, both through the qualification and learning from my colleagues. The combination has increased my confidence, as I can apply what I learn in the qualification to my job.
“I am also gaining experience in an office environment and building relationships with clients. I hope to expand my knowledge and skills whilst at Bluefin, and hopefully progress towards a managerial role in the future. I have recently gained my Cert CII and am now working towards a Diploma.”
Matthew Weeks, Cert CII Bluefin Commercial Broker, Grimsby says: “I joined Bluefin as a trainee broker in the personal lines department. For me the apprenticeship scheme combines three key elements - career advancement, knowledge and experience. The experience I have gained from working in industry whilst studying, has given me a base to develop my career and succeed in my exams as well as my work.
“As well as helping me to obtain my insurance qualifications, the Bluefin Apprentice Scheme helped me to win the Young Broker of the Year Award 2014 at the Insurance Age UK Broker Awards.”
Fiona Mellett, Managing Director of The Skills Company, who manage Bluefin’s Apprenticeship programme on a national basis, said: “We are delighted that Bluefin remain so committed to Apprenticeships. Their continued commitment really does highlight the fact that Apprenticeship opportunities are available with some of the very best companies, and that they provide brilliant career opportunities for ambitious and talented young people.”