National Apprenticeship Week - Zurich expands programme in the UK

It seeks to build on its digital and automation expertise

National Apprenticeship Week - Zurich expands programme in the UK

Insurance News

By Lyle Adriano

To better prepare the next generation of talent, Zurich UK has enhanced its apprenticeship programme.

According to the company, it has expanded the programme three-fold over the past 24 months. The programme now has over 40 roles on offer across 10 teams. Applications for the programmes are open until February 20.

New programmes in data analytics, continuous improvement, and automation are now being offered by Zurich UK, as well as a degree apprenticeship in data science. The degree was designed by Zurich in partnership with the University of Winchester. The insurer also said that apprentices enrolled in data science will utilise state-of-the-art machine learning to “revolutionise customer experiences,” and will graduate with a BSc in data science.

These new programmes will be offered alongside the current courses provided by Zurich, such as underwriting, operations and IT, engineering, finance, and customer service.

“As a major UK employer, we’re incredibly excited about our 2022 apprenticeship programme,” said Zurich UK talent acquisition manager Michelle Ransome. “The insurance industry offers many career opportunities including data analytics and automation right through to underwriting, engineering and customer service. Successfully completing an apprenticeship scheme will help school leavers build vital and highly sought-after skills that will boost their employability.”

Ransome added that on top of investing in young talent, Zurich continues with upskilling its employees as the world shifts to a more digital economy. The manager also said that Zurich is urging the UK government to build more flexibility into the apprenticeship levy so that people can easily reskill into new roles.

Applicants of all ages are welcome to join Zurich’s apprenticeship programmes – including school leavers looking to jump-start their career. Zurich UK is also partnering with the BYP Network, to help connect young black professionals with career opportunities.

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