Norwich Union Risk Services produces high achievers and better equip brokers

Article date: 5 March 2008

Norwich Union Risk Services (NURS) has achieved a 100% pass rate for its NEBOSH¹ General Certificate course, well above the national pass rate of 77%.

Five credits and two distinctions were achieved by delegates who attended the course in Belfast.

Hugh McKinty, development director of Dawson Whyte Ltd, who attended the course and passed with credit, said: "As brokers, we need to differentiate ourselves from competitors and I feel the knowledge gained during the course has allowed us to discuss, with confidence, risk management issues, enabling us to enhance the services we provide to our clients.

"The quality of the tutorials and additional reading material has helped to assist us when interacting with new and existing clients. It has also enabled us to discuss NURS' services with some authority when advising clients on risk management."

Brian Wallace, head of NURS, says: "These pass rates demonstrate the quality of our services and the professionalism of our training staff, key factors in contributing to our consistent success rates.

"Not only can we help our customers and broker partners to better understand risks, we equip them with knowledge that will help when advising their clients on managing risks effectively."

"Brokers who have studied with us in the past have indicated that their confidence has improved when talking to clients about all things relating to health and safety at work, and helped them to understand the risks clients face. This has made it possible for brokers to provide the right risk management advice, in turn helping their clients to create better practice throughout their business.

"The NEBOSH General Certificate has been re-structured into a modular format to fit better around broker work commitments and we now offer the course in over 25 venues across the UK, allowing the broker to study close to home."

The course is split into two distinct units - Management of Health and Safety and Controlling Workplace Hazards, which can be attended as a two-week block release course or as two distinct modules.

Each Unit is assessed separately by means of examinations and a practical work-based assignment.

For more information on the courses offered by NURS visit


For further information, please contact:
Sam Bramwell at Staniforth on 0161 919 8024/ 077381 96667 or Sally Leeman at Norwich Union on 01603 684225/ 07800 699670.

Notes to editors:

¹ NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) was formed in 1979 as an independent examining board and awarding body with charitable status.  It offers a comprehensive range of globally-recognised, vocationally-related qualifications designed to meet the health, safety, environmental and risk management needs of all places of work in both the private and public sectors

Norwich Union Risk Services is the specialist risk management division of Norwich Union that is dedicated to helping UK businesses manage their risks in an effective way.

They achieve this through their national team of approximately 180 staff which includes:

  • Risk advisers and specialists - Who visit commercial properties across the UK to help identify risks and recommend dynamic and practical risk management solutions for Norwich Union's insured customers.
  • Safety consultants - Who provide expert health, safety and environmental training and consultancy services.

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