Davies partners with UCAS to widen reach of apprenticeship opportunities in insurance

VP says move is key to bridging industry's skills gap

Davies partners with UCAS to widen reach of apprenticeship opportunities in insurance

Diversity & Inclusion

By Mika Pangilinan

Specialist professional services and technology firm Davies has partnered with UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) to broaden the reach of the apprenticeship opportunities it has available for applicants across the UK.

The partnership makes Davies one of the first organisations to showcase its apprenticeship programmes for Autumn 2023 on the UCAS website, providing young individuals an avenue to learn more about the world of insurance and financial services.

Carolyn Blunt, vice president of academy at Davies, said teaming up with UCAS allows the business to reach the millions currently exploring post-secondary educational options and “tap into the best young talent the UK has to offer”.

“This is important not only to help fill the skills shortage we are already seeing but, crucially, to ensure a diverse range of talent from all sectors of society is entering the industry,” she said.

By working with UCAS, Davies will be able to attract young talent into insurance by offering apprenticeships that provide hands-on experience, opportunities for accredited qualifications, and comprehensive support featuring access to mentors, industry experts, and the firm’s own social learning community ‘Thrive Professionally with Davies’.

News of the partnership comes after the Department of Education and UCAS outlined plans to expand the service and enable young people to explore and apply for apprenticeships alongside traditional degrees.

“As an independent charity, UCAS is committed to ensuring young people have access to the full range of post-secondary options, putting apprenticeships alongside traditional undergraduate degrees to create real parity of choice,” said Lindsay Conroy, head of apprenticeship at the educational support services provider.

Conroy shared that almost half of the people that register with UCAS have said they would consider taking an apprenticeship.

“Partnering with Davies, which offers a wide range of interesting apprenticeship programmes at various levels, allows us to present young people with more choice and offer insight to industries such as insurance and financial services that they may not have considered before,” said Conroy.

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