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What is an insurance apprenticeship?

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is Ireland’s first apprenticeship to award a level 8 honours degree – the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice.

The three-year, work-based training programme combines academics with on-the-job learning, allowing you to acquire both technical and soft skills. As an apprentice, you will be recruited into an insurance organisation, where you will learn the practical aspects of the job while studying towards your degree. All study is done online through IT Sligo and The Insurance Institute or the LIA.

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How it works

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On-the-job*

  • You should review the Entry Requirements for the programme.
  • You register your interest for the programme to receive job notifications from employers across Ireland.
  • You apply to apprenticeship positions available on the Jobs page.
  • You can approach local employers in your area to inquire about an apprenticeship.
  • You can access helpful CV tips, interview advice, personal development exercises and articles on our resources page.
 
  • You’ll specialise in one of the core industry areas – underwriting, claims or direct customer support. Learn more about these areas
  • You’ll learn about the business by completing projects and case studies.
  • You’ll study through a blend of online lectures, discussions and face-to-face group sessions – all during working hours.
  • A mentor and supervisor will help you along the way.
  • You’ll earn a salary and your academic training is government funded*.

 

* Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all on-the-job tasks may be carried out remotely. This is subject to the employer’s policy

* Employers set salaries that are commensurate with the industry rate for the job. A reduced annual apprentice registration fee applies.

 

 

Below is an overview of what you will focus on year-by-year and a full breakdown of the programme modules available for the general insurance stream of the apprenticeship can be viewed here and the life insurance stream here.

Year 1

While you’re learning the ropes on-the-job, you’ll also be studying a wide range of insurance and business-related modules including professional business communication, teamwork and workplace collaboration, and selling and customer service for insurance.

 

Year 2

Once you’re settled into your role, you will start to specialise more with regards your technical insurance modules and be learning more around wider business concepts including marketing principles, service development, E-business and innovation, and negotiation in practice.

Year 3

For your final year as an apprentice, you’ll advance your knowledge and develop expertise through modules focused on innovation, creativity and critical thinking, financial analysis and interpretation, business law for insurance practitioners, big data, advanced Excel and a Capstone project/dissertation on a topic of your choice.

 

 

Qualification:

BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice

 

Who’s it for?

The apprenticeship programme is designed for School Leavers, New Graduates, and Career-Changers who meet the Entry Requirements and want to build a new career in the general or life insurance industry. 

Listen to what our past and present apprentices have to say about their experience in the programme.

What’s expected of you?

Employers look for a combination of academic and soft skills when hiring apprentices. Having the right combination of both is a key advantage that will get you noticed.

  • You meet the Entry Requirements
  • You apply for available apprenticeship positions on our Jobs page or seek an apprenticeship with an insurance company in your region.
  • You’re a ‘people person’ and are comfortable speaking face-to-face, online and over the phone.
  • You have the ambition to take on a position for three years.
  • You can work remotely and in an office environment.
  • You can balance time between work, study and exams.*
  • You have a basic understanding of spreadsheet (Excel) software.

*All exams take place online.

What are the requirements

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Do you currently work in the industry and hold an insurance qualification?
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Are you under 23 years of age?
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Do you have (or expect to receive) a minimum of 2 honours in higher level Leaving Cert subjects?
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Do you have (or expect to receive) four additional Leaving Cert passes including Maths and English/Irish?
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Do you have a related FETAC level 5 or 6 award including distinction grades in at least 3 components?
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Do you have another qualification, such as GCEAS, A2, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC etc?
Answer

The apprenticeship programme is open to those currently working in the industry, subject to certain criteria. Please check with your employer to see if they are participating in the programme.

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You’re eligible to apply! Interviews and other assessment tools are used in the recruitment process.

Register your interest to find out when companies are hiring.

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Great! You’re eligible to apply. Register your interest and we’ll let you know when applications open.

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You may not be eligible to apply for the programme right now. Have a look at the detailed entry requirements for

further information or email us at apprenticeship@iii.ie with any questions.

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Who’s hiring?

From large corporations to small hometown brokerages, insurance companies from all over Ireland are looking for talented, driven and team-oriented apprentices like you! 

Murray & Spelman - Insurance Apprentice (Kildare)

Murray & Spelman - Insurance Apprentice (Kildare)

Murray & Spelman (Financial Services) Ltd. continues to grow as one of the leading Financial Brokers in Ireland with offices in both Galway & Kildare. We have been helping our customers look after their Financial Services needs for over 60 years.

Newcourt Retirement Fund - Junior Pensions Administrator

Newcourt Retirement Fund - Junior Pensions Administrator

Newcourt Retirement Fund Managers Limited (NRFM) in conjunction with its associate company Newcourt Pensioneer Trustees Limited specialise in the provision of self-invested pension products. We are one of the few providers in the market that offer a full range of pension products on a self-invested basis. 

CMCC Financial Solutions - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

CMCC Financial Solutions - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

CMCC Financial Solutions provides financial solutions including Family Protection, Business Protection, Retirement Planning, Pensions and Mortgages. We adapt to our client's ever-changing financial circumstances and in doing so develop lasting financial relationships. Our aim at all times is to not only provide value but more importantly add value. Our focus will always be on our clients as they have made us what we are – their first and last Trusted Financial Adviser. 

O’Leary Insurance Group - General Broking

O’Leary Insurance Group - General Broking

From an initial complement of three staff in 1961 with founding Chairman, the late Archie O'Leary, O'Leary Insurances, has successfully grown and developed into an Insurance Brokerage which specialises in providing a high level of customer service throughout Ireland.

Allianz - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Allianz - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

As the trusted insurance partner to over 500,000 customers across the island of Ireland, Allianz plc has built a local and global brand based on trust, integrity and outstanding customer service for over one hundred years.

We are recruiting a number of Allianz Apprentices to join our business in September 2021 and to commence the III/IT Sligo Apprenticeship programme.

If you would like to join the Apprenticeship programme within Allianz, we would love to hear from you.

Brady Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Leitrim)

Brady Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Leitrim)

Brady Insurance are one of Irelands longest established and best regarded Insurance Brokers, we have been helping our customers look after their insurance since 1959. Our Dublin office where this role is based is established 5 years and they are a specialist team in Events, Sports, Education & Entertainment.

CIÉ Group Risk - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

CIÉ Group Risk - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) is Ireland's national public transport provider. Over 230 million journeys are made annually on our network of national, regional, local and urban services across Iarnród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann.

The CIÉ Group Risk Department, based in Bridgewater House, Islandbridge, Dublin 8 is responsible for minimizing the Group's exposure to financial risk.

Inverdea Financial Solutions - Insurance Apprentice (Wicklow)

Inverdea Financial Solutions - Insurance Apprentice (Wicklow)

Inverdea Financial Services was established in November 2002 to provide clients with trusted, impartial advice in the area of personal financial planning. In the intervening 16 years, we have built up a base of over 1000 clients. In 2018 we won the award as Leinster Broker of the year as presented by Brokers Ireland.

IPB - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

IPB - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Founded in 1926, we are the leading insurer of Ireland’s public sector. As Irelands only indigenous mutual insurer, we exist to protect and safeguard the interests of our Members, consisting of all 31 Local Authorities, 16 Education and Training Boards, the HSE and Regional Assemblies.

McCarthy Insurance Group - Insurance Apprentice (Various Locations)

McCarthy Insurance Group - Insurance Apprentice (Various Locations)

McCarthy Insurance Group are one of Ireland’s leading insurance brokerages serving customers across personal lines, commercial lines, health insurance, as well as life, pensions and investments. Established since 1952, we pride ourselves in offering customers a one stop shop approach to insurance.

WTW - General Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

WTW - General Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

WTW is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, WTW has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries.

Blue Insurance - Customer Service Apprentice (Dublin)

Blue Insurance - Customer Service Apprentice (Dublin)

Founded in October 2003, Blue Insurance is an online insurance business, providing online Travel, Car Hire Excess, Motor Breakdown, Gadget, Pet, Bicycle and Wedding insurance. Since 2003 we have grown from a niche travel insurance provider with a team of into an award winning, Deloitte Best Managed Company.

D’Arcy Cleary Insurances - Personal Lines Insurance Apprentice (North Tipperary)

D’Arcy Cleary Insurances - Personal Lines Insurance Apprentice (North Tipperary)

D’Arcy Cleary Insurances is a family run business that was established in 1977 serving a large number of local and national clients. We have developed a range of specialist expertise, incorporating both life and non-life products. 

Aviva - Underwriting Apprentice (Dublin - Cherrywood)

Aviva - Underwriting Apprentice (Dublin - Cherrywood)

We help our 18 million customers to save for the future and manage the risks of everyday life. To give these customers the best possible products and service we know we must make Aviva the most attractive choice for talented, entrepreneurial people with diverse backgrounds and an evolving range of expertise and insight.

MDL Financial Consultants - Trainee Financial Adviser (Cavan)

MDL Financial Consultants - Trainee Financial Adviser (Cavan)

MDL Financial Consultants was established in 2004, as specialised providers of bespoke financial solutions for individuals, business owners and companies. Our main activities are in the provision of financial advice, and where appropriate, arranging transactions in the areas of pensions, savings and investments and protection products.

BestCover Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Meath)

BestCover Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Meath)

Cotter Insurance Brokers Ltd T/A BestCover Insurance continues to grow our general insurance portfolio based in our offices in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Set up in August 2017, we have been helping our customers look after their general insurance needs through the offering of a broad product range whilst delivering a personal, reliable and efficient service.

Avia - Claims Apprentice (Galway)

Avia - Claims Apprentice (Galway)

We help our 18 million customers to save for the future and manage the risks of everyday life. To give these customers the best possible products and service we know we must make Aviva the most attractive choice for talented, entrepreneurial people with diverse backgrounds and an evolving range of expertise and insight.

Aviva - Apprentice Underwriter (Cork)

Aviva - Apprentice Underwriter (Cork)

We help our 18 million customers to save for the future and manage the risks of everyday life. To give these customers the best possible products and service we know we must make Aviva the most attractive choice for talented, entrepreneurial people with diverse backgrounds and an evolving range of expertise and insight.

Pro Insurance Claims - Apprentice Loss Assessor - Meath

Pro Insurance Claims - Apprentice Loss Assessor - Meath

Pro Insurance Claims are a dynamic and innovative Loss Assessment firm founded in 2010 and based outside Kells, Co. Meath . Comprising of a team of highly skilled and experienced people, we aim to provide the highest quality and service to our clients. If you want to join a us, with commitment to your development, read on. 

Ecclesiastical Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

Ecclesiastical Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Dublin)

In the world of financial services, Ecclesiastical treads a different path. Many businesses say they are different but Ecclesiastical really is. We believe it is possible to do business differently whilst building a powerful movement for good. Ecclesiastical is owned by the charity Benefact Trust and our purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society. 

Quantum Life - Financial Broker Apprentice x2 (Nationwide)

Quantum Life - Financial Broker Apprentice x2 (Nationwide)

Quantum Life was founded by Mel Shanley. Mel has been in the financial services industry since 1992. Throughout his career he has advised on mortgages, loans, property, life assurance, illness cover, health insurance, accident cover, pensions, investments, college fees and wills & trusts.

Qifa Financial Planners - Life and Pensions Broker (Cork)

Qifa Financial Planners - Life and Pensions Broker (Cork)

At Qifa Financial Planners , we have been helping our customers look after their Financial needs for over 14 years years. We have 2300 policy holders and we have over 6 people working for us in Mallow.

We have a reputation for reliability and efficiency and are committed to our customers in the area of Financial Planning.

Lockton - Insurance Apprentice - Life (Dublin)

Lockton - Insurance Apprentice - Life (Dublin)

Since its foundation in 1966 Lockton has grown to become the world’s largest privately held Insurance Broker by helping clients achieve their business objectives. Today with more than 8,500 employees in over 100 offices worldwide, Lockton’s dynamic and innovative organisation truly embraces its privately owned status.

We attract the best professionals to come and work with us who are excited by our unique culture that values respect, ethical, moral and caring approach, in fact our people are our greatest asset.

Lockton - Insurance Apprentice - General (Dublin)

Lockton - Insurance Apprentice - General (Dublin)

Since its foundation in 1966 Lockton has grown to become the world’s largest privately held Insurance Broker by helping clients achieve their business objectives. Today with more than 8,500 employees in over 100 offices worldwide, Lockton’s dynamic and innovative organisation truly embraces its privately owned status.

We attract the best professionals to come and work with us who are excited by our unique culture that values respect, ethical, moral and caring approach, in fact our people are our greatest asset.

Davies Group - Loss Adjuster Trainee (Dublin)

Davies Group - Loss Adjuster Trainee (Dublin)

Davies Group are a global team of more than 5,000 professionals operating across the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada & Bermuda. Specialising in professional and technology services, we work in partnership with leading insurance and financial businesses that operate in a highly regulated global arena.

An Post Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Athlone)

An Post Insurance - Insurance Apprentice (Athlone)

An Post Insurance provide high quality insurance products and services to individuals, families and businesses throughout Ireland.

We are a wholly owned subsidiary of An Post, which has provided postal, communication, retail and financial services to Irish people for decades. We're proud to be part of the An Post family, which employs over 10,000 people around Ireland.

RSA - Apprentice Claims Handler (Galway)

RSA - Apprentice Claims Handler (Galway)

Founded in 1710, we are a 300-year-old organisation that is empowering people to put the right things in place to prepare them for their future so that they can live a more fulfilled life free from worry and anxiety.

FAQ’s

Although employers can start hiring apprentices as early as the Spring, the next apprentices will officially start the programme in September 2022. 

Check with your employer to see if they are taking part in the programme. The apprenticeship was developed to attract new entrants to the industry and therefore is not currently open to those with an insurance qualification – however if you’re a new entrant without an insurance qualification, you may still be eligible to apply.

Absolutely not. Apprentices can come from a wide range of backgrounds. Anyone who wants to begin a career in the insurance industry, from school leavers to third level students, graduates and career changers can apply to be an apprentice, provided they meet the minimum entry requirements or pass the interview selection process.

You won’t just earn one qualification – you’ll earn three, one each year.

  • Year 1: Accredited Product Adviser (APA) – this is the industry’s entry-level qualification. Insurance professionals need this before they can provide advice to customers unsupervised. Find out more about the APA →
  • Year 2: Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP) – the next step on from APA, many employers request their staff have this qualification as a minimum. Find out more about the CIP →
  • Year 3: BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice – at the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll graduate with a level 8 honours degree.
  • Key business skills such as communication, workplace collaboration, customer service, negotiation, innovation, creativity and critical thinking
  • Technical insurance knowledge, which you will obtain by completing professional insurance programmes, the Accredited Product Adviser (APA) and Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP)
  • Skills in emerging areas such as big data and e-business

Entry requirements include a minimum of 2 honours at higher level in the Leaving Cert or equivalent, and a pass in four additional subjects including Maths and English or Irish. If you are over 23, interviews or other selection tools may be used to assess instead of these minimum requirements. There is no work experience requirement.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enter the programme.

Three years, broken down into nine semesters (three per year).

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is Ireland’s first apprenticeship to award a level 8 honours degree – the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice. The three-year, work-based training programme combines academics with on-the-job learning, allowing you to acquire both technical and soft skills. As an apprentice, you will be recruited into an insurance organisation, where you will learn the practical aspects of the job while studying towards your degree. All study is done online through IT Sligo and The Insurance Institute. Your employer will support you in your on-the-job learning, with regular one to one personal development sessions with your industry supervisor and mentor.

The degree portion of the programme is government funded and you will also be paid a salary by your employer. Salaries will be commensurate with the industry entry-level rate. A reduced apprentice registration fee applies.

As long as you meet the Entry Requirements for the programme, you are eligible to apply for any available apprenticeship positions. You must check that you hold permissions (visa/permit) to work in Ireland.