Opportunities in the insurance profession for apprentices

Different types of apprenticeships

Different types of apprenticeships

Different types of apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are funded programmes of learning which are delivered in the workspace in the UK. Anyone over the age of 16 who does not hold a degree can enrol as an apprentice. They are available in many sectors, including insurance and financial services. They play a key part in addressing the skills gaps and shortages that exist in the wider financial services sector and beyond.

 

The programmes provide a foundation in insurance and financial services for new entrants, as well as offering professional qualifications for those with sector experience but not formalised learning. Each country in the United Kingdom: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has a different way of implementing its apprenticeship.

 

Select a country below to find the apprenticeship system that is relevant to you.

Apprenticeships in England contain the following elements:

  • A technical qualification
  • A competence qualification
  • Key Skills
  • Employee rights and responsibilities
Apprenticeships in England

Companies of all sizes have apprenticeships. Most of them take school and college leavers on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship, although some start at Level 2. It is extremely rare for a school or college leaver to go straight on to a Level 4 Apprenticeship.

There are three levels of apprenticeships in risk in England:

  • Intermediate or Level 2 (same level as GCSE) – 12-15 months, containing the CII’s IF1 Insurance legal and regulatory practice unit
  • Advanced or Level 3 (same level as A level/BTEC National/IB) – 12-18 months, containing the CII Certificate in Insurance or CII Award in London Market Insurance
  • Higher or Level 4 (same level as first year of a Bachelors degree) – 18-24 months, containing the CII Diploma in Insurance

In September there will be a new Apprenticeship at Level 3 called a Trailblazer, and an end-of-programme assessment that has to be passed before the apprenticeship can be completed. 

Whichever apprenticeship you are taking, you will receive plenty of face-to-face and online support from your company and the training provider.

Apprenticeships in Scotland contain the following elements:

  • An optional technical qualification
  • A competence qualification
  • Key Skills
  • Employee rights and responsibilities
Apprenticeships in Scotland

Companies of all sizes have Modern Apprenticeships. Most of them take school and college leavers on to the Level 6/7 framework, although some start at Level 5.

There are two levels of modern apprenticeships in insurance and risk in Scotland:

  • Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship (same level as Intermediate 2) – 12-15 months, which may contain the CII’s IF1 Insurance legal and regulatory practice unit
  • Level 6/7 Modern Apprenticeship (same level as Highers/IB) – 12-18 months, which may contain the CII Certificate in Insurance or CII Award in London Market Insurance 

Whichever level you are taking, you will receive plenty of face-to-face and online support from your company and the training provider.

Apprenticeships in Wales contain the following elements:

  • A technical qualification
  • A competence qualification
  • Skills Wales qualification
  • Employee rights and responsibilities
Apprenticeships in Wales

Companies of all sizes have apprenticeships. Most of them take school and college leavers on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship, although some start at Level 2. It is extremely rare for a school or college leaver to go straight on to a Level 4 Apprenticeship.

There are three levels of apprenticeships in insurance and risk currently available in Wales:

  • Foundation or Level 2 (same level as GCSE) – 12-15 months, containing the CII’s IF1 Insurance legal and regulatory practice unit
  • Level 3 (same level as A level/BTEC National/IB) – 12-18 months, containing the CII Certificate in Insurance or CII Award in London Market Insurance
  • Higher or Level 4 (same level as first year of a Bachelors degree) – 18-24 months, containing the CII Diploma in Insurance

Whichever apprenticeship you are taking, you will receive plenty of face-to-face and online support from your company and the training provider.

Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland contain the following elements:

  • A technical qualification
  • A competence qualification
  • Key Skills
  • Employee rights and responsibilities
Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland

Companies of all sizes have apprenticeships. Most of them take school and college leavers on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship, although some do start at Level 2. It is extremely rare for a school or college leaver to go straight on to a Level 4 Apprenticeship.

There are three levels of Apprenticeships in insurance and risk currently available in Northern Ireland:

  • Intermediate or Level 2 (same level as GCSE) – 12-15 months, containing the CII’s IF1 Insurance legal and regulatory practice unit
  • Advanced or Level 3 (same level as A level/BTEC National/IB) – 12-18 months, containing the CII Certificate in Insurance or CII Award in London Market Insurance
  • Higher or Level 4 (same level as first year of a Bachelors degree) – 18-24 months, containing the CII Diploma in Insurance

Whichever apprenticeship you are taking, you will receive plenty of face-to-face and online support from your company and the training provider