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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* 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.
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.
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.
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.
BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice
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.
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.
*All exams take place online.
|Do you currently work in the industry and hold an insurance qualification?|
|Are you under 23 years of age?|
|Do you have (or expect to receive) a minimum of 2 honours in higher level Leaving Cert subjects?|
|Do you have (or expect to receive) four additional Leaving Cert passes including Maths and English/Irish?|
|Do you have a related FETAC level 5 or 6 award including distinction grades in at least 3 components?|
|Do you have another qualification, such as GCEAS, A2, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC etc?|
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.
You’re eligible to apply! Interviews and other assessment tools are used in the recruitment process.
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Great! You’re eligible to apply. Register your interest and we’ll let you know when applications open.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
From large corporations to small hometown brokerages, insurance companies from all over Ireland are looking for talented, driven and team-oriented apprentices like you!
Although employers can start hiring apprentices as early as the Spring, the next apprentices will officially start the programme in September 2023.
Have a look at our step-by-step guide to applying →
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.
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 ATU 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.