“We’re incredibly excited to be the first financial services provider to be launching a data academy.”
Those were the words of UK chief data officer Anita Fernqvist when Zurich unveiled its data academy in the country, which the insurer said is funded with more than £500,000 by the apprenticeship levy. The 18-month Avado-powered scheme will be delivered by Arch Apprenticeships, particularly by ALS Training in Wales and Sixth Sense in Scotland.
Those joining the academy will come from across different areas of the UK business, spanning underwriting, claims, IT, and HR. The goal is to equip them with ‘skills for the future’ as part of Zurich’s commitment to being a data-confident organisation.
“Data sits at the very core of any insurance business,” said Fernqvist. “Zurich has roles ranging from development, architecture, data science, artificial intelligence, and customer insight analysis to name but a few. The data academy is a fantastic opportunity to support and grow our talent in an ever-expanding and exciting field.”
Successful candidates will complete a Level 4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship and British Computer Society Diploma in Data Analysis and EMC Proven Professional Data Scientist Associate certification.