Article date: 29 November 2007
Norwich Union has today announced that it is to double its investment in the Norwich-based East of England Skills Academy for Financial Services, to £200,000 over the next five years.
Speaking at the official launch of the Academy, Andrew Moss, chief executive of Aviva plc, Norwich Union's parent company, said: "This is a fantastic initiative and I am extremely proud that our organisation is involved. Our financial commitment to the East of England Academy gives us an opportunity to influence the development of skills and qualifications that will be directly of benefit to us, to students and to other businesses operating in the East of England.
"Norwich remains a key strategic centre for our business and this is a part of our ongoing investment in the city."
The East of England Academy, based at St Andrew's House in Norwich, is being officially launched today by the Chancellor, Alistair Darling MP, as part of the National Skills Academy network.
With around 100 courses available ranging from diplomas to degrees, the Academy will eventually provide up to 2,000 students each week the opportunity to develop skills in such areas as customer service, relationship management and retail financial services.
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Notes to editors
- Norwich Union is the UK's largest general insurer with a market share of around 15%, with a focus on insurance for individuals and small businesses.
- It is a leading provider of life, pensions and investment products and one of the largest Financial Adviser (FA) providers. FAs provide over 70% of the company's long-term savings business in the UK.
- Norwich Union's news releases and a selection of images are available from Aviva's internet press centre at www.aviva.com/media.