School Leaver Jobs in Insurance and Pensions

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Insurance and Pensions Apprenticeships

currency_icon_blackAverage £29,000 as a graduate
currency_icon_black Average £29,000 as a graduate
There are a wide range of actuarial careers available.
About Us: Direct Line Group is one of the leading motor, home and small business insurers in the UK. Our mission is to make insurance much easier and better value for customers We believe insurance isn't just about the figures. It's about people to…
HELPING YOU FIND A CAREER IN Insurance and Pensions

Insurance and pensions apprenticeships are best suited to those with equal amounts of logic, empathy and numerical skill. Find new opportunities for apprenticeships in this sector here.

How to get an Insurance Apprenticeship - Career Advice
How much can I earn as an Insurance Apprentice?
You might start on between £14,000 and £18,000 as an insurance officer, with salaries rising up to £30,000 per year. If you take on an apprenticeship in insurance you will earn around £200 per week until you are trained.
What qualifications do I need to be an Insurance Apprentice?
It is possible to enter the insurance industry as a school leaver without qualifications. You could also consider applying for an apprenticeship in insurance, which will see you work part of the week within a company and spend the rest at college gaining professional qualifications. If you do want to go to university, degrees that could set you up for a career as an insurance officer include:
  • Mathematics
  • Business and management
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Finance
  • Statistics
  • Insurance
It is worth noting that it is possible to get a graduate job in insurance with almost any degree, providing you have the necessary employability skills and desire to take further qualifications.
What skills do I need to be an Insurance Apprentice?
While you need to be analytical in your approach to financial data, you need to also be able to make confident, experienced decisions under pressure. Also, your clients/customers won't necessarily have the same financial knowledge that you do, so you need to be able to explain the complicated terms in a clear way.

Jobs in insurance require you to have a great attention to detail and the ability to analyse data efficiently. Many roles are customer facing, so communication skills and the ability to sell your products are also important. Some of the skills you will have to demonstrate include:
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Attention to details
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Teamworking
  • Specialist knowledge
What experience do I need to get a job in Insurance Apprenticeship?
As with all competitive sectors, if your plan is to work in insurance work experience is vital to give yourself the best chance of getting a job. Contact companies directly and see if you can come in for work experience.