Aviva announces 24 apprentice roles for 2013

Article date: 1 November 2012

  • Aviva offering 24 new positions for A-Level school & college leavers

Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer has announced it is to take on 24 A-level and college leavers as it opens applications for its 2013 apprentice programme.

Aimed at high achieving 18 year olds, the programme is designed to give young people another option to University, with on-the-job experience; support to gain industry recognised qualifications and great career prospects.

Aviva is offering positions in Underwriting and Actuarial within its general insurance business with a starting salary from £14,500*, plus a £500 welcome bonus.

Aviva first piloted its apprentice programme last year and was overwhelmed by the response it received from students looking for a credible alternative to University. The insurer took on 21 A-level leavers for its 2012 programme, all of whom have just embarked on their careers at the company.

Rob Briggs, HR director, Aviva UK general insurance, said; “Many young people are finding it tougher than ever to get their first career break and are worried about being saddled with large debts after University.

As one of the biggest employers in financial services we recognised we had a part to play in helping young people find an enviable career alternative to University, with excellent prospects and a chance to earn respected financial qualifications.

We carried out extensive research with students and teachers to fully understand how we could develop a programme to best suit and attract high achieving A-level students, whilst matching the needs of the business. We received over 500 entries last year, so I am really pleased we are continuing the programme into 2013.”

Aviva is offering apprentice roles up and down the country from Southampton to Glasgow.  Aviva will also be talking to students and teachers at local schools and colleges about the option of joining A-level leaver apprentice programmes and what working in the insurance industry actually involves.

Rob Briggs continues; “I believe A-level leaver programmes, such as ours, will only get bigger, and, as our scheme matures we hope to be able to offer even more roles in the future.  It’s a great way to attract bright young people into our industry, which is clearly demonstrated by the exceptional calibre of youngsters who have just joined the Aviva 2012 apprentice programme.”

Students, parents or teachers wanting to find out more about the Aviva Apprentice Programme can visit www.apprentices.aviva.co.uk


Further information:

Heleana Greeves, Aviva. t: +44 (0) 207 662 0405 e: heleana.greeves@aviva.com
Chaanah Crichton, Edelman. t: +44 (0) 20 3047 2356 e:chaanah.crichton@edelman.com

Notes to editors:

Aviva 2013 Actuarial and Underwriting Apprentice Programmes are currently open for applications at www.apprentices.aviva.co.uk

* A-level leavers need to achieve 300+ UCAS points for the underwriting programme and 340 UCAS points for the Actuarial programme
£14,500 starting salary (£18,800 Actuarial) + £500 welcome bonus.

Professional qualifications in:
CII advanced diploma in underwriting.
UK Actuarial exams.
Case studies on our apprentices are available on request.

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