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Here is a collection of FAQs regarding the insurance risk industry.

Central to apprenticeships in insurance and financial services are professional qualifications. Each apprenticeship includes either a full professional qualification or components of one. Apprentices will study for their exams as part of their programme.

An apprentice will also develop skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career within our profession. The requirements differ across the various apprenticeships. An apprentice will need to demonstrate their aptitude across all the three areas, as well as passing the professional qualification element, in order to complete their apprenticeship successfully.

Apprenticeships in England are changing. Existing ‘frameworks’ are to be replaced by new employer created ‘standards’. These employer groups, called ‘trailblazers’, ensure that the new system has employer need at its heart. All frameworks will be replaced by new standards by 2018.

Trailblazers bring together employers and professional bodies to develop new apprenticeship standards and assessment criteria.

The new apprenticeship standards will be short (one/two pages), accessible documents, describing the level of knowledge, skill, and behaviours required to do a particular role well i.e. describing full competence for the role.

All new standards have to relate to a specific role or occupation (e.g. financial services administrator) and provide a pathway to a career within the sector.

No. Trailblazers are for all companies – whatever their size. They have been designed to be flexible enough to accommodate the needs of small and medium businesses.

An internship is a structured period of work where an individual gains experience of working, in advance of making a final career choice. They can last from two weeks to a year. The intern should gain an understanding of what is necessary to work in that particular sector and develop relevant work related skills

If you are interested in giving an opportunity to an intern then contact Caspar.Bartington@cii.co.uk