Insurance Institute of Canada launches training pilot program to "ignite" insurance careers

It is geared toward newcomers, trained professionals and career shifters

Insurance Institute of Canada launches training pilot program to "ignite" insurance careers

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By Terry Gangcuangco

The Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC) has launched a new initiative aimed at facilitating the entry of new Canadians and individuals seeking career changes into the property and casualty insurance sector.

Called “IGNITE Insurance Careers,” the six-week program combines online learning modules with in-person sessions to provide essential skills and knowledge to thrive in the industry.

The pilot program begins this week and is geared towards internationally trained professionals, newcomers to the country, and career shifters. It is currently available to participants in the Greater Toronto Area. The IIC plans to expand to another city in Fall 2024.

The IIC said: “Participants from various backgrounds, including office environments, professional services, financial services, hospitality, retail, and service industries have enrolled in the IGNITE pilot program.

“Customer service, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication are just some of the skills required to succeed in the program.”

Peter Hohman (pictured), IIC president and chief executive, highlighted the program’s strategic importance, saying: “The IGNITE program is another component of the Institute’s initiatives designed to help address the industry talent gap.

“Through IGNITE, we are helping to transition internationally educated professionals, newcomers to Canada, and career changers into industry employment by providing introductory insurance information and career development skills, utilizing online modules and in-person applied learning activities, guest speakers, and employer-participating networking events.”

Recognized as the leading professional education body for Canada’s P&C insurance industry, the IIC supports over 41,000 members, including more than 18,000 active students engaged in its formal programs.

The Institute also oversees the Chartered Insurance Professionals’ Society, catering to graduates holding Chartered Insurance Professional and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional designations.

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