Bluefin offers three year Higher Apprenticeships for second year running

Bluefin is offering school-leavers three yearHigher Apprenticeships for the second year running, in addition to the one yearStandard Apprenticeships being offered for the seventh year in a row. TheStandard Apprenticeship is a 12 month programme after which students obtain theCert CII, and the Higher Apprenticeship is a 36 month programme following whichstudents obtain the Dip CII.

Having been involved in the National ApprenticeshipScheme for the past six years, Bluefin has seen 119 members of staff obtaintheir Cert CII. The National Apprenticeship Scheme combinestechnical training with study for the Chartered Insurance Institutequalifications, tailored to the apprentices’ areas of work.

National Apprenticeship Week 2015 will run from 9 to 13March 2015. One of its aims is to encourage more small businesses to take on apprentices, and to promotethe range and breadth of apprenticeships on offer, including those at Higherlevel and with blue chip companies.

Billy Mole, SME Insurance Broking Apprentice,Lincoln, says:“Ienjoy the combination of learning on the job, working alongside experiencedcolleagues, and the support provided by Bluefin. I value the ability to obtaina professional qualification without taking the traditional route, and knowingonce the program has finished that I will be employed and have the option tocontinue studying.


“As the apprenticeship is focused around insurance, the material isrelevant and makes studying easier, as it contributes towards day to day workingpractical knowledge. I am currently studying for my P81 in Insurance BrokingPractice and would like to continue to study and become a chartered InsuranceBroker, then obtain an MSc in Insurance and Risk management to further mycareer within Bluefin.”


Chantelle Bowman, BluefinCommercial Account Handler, Carlislesays: “I work in the Desk Team unit and like the fact that I am gaining aqualification whilst being employed. I am able to increase my knowledge ofinsurance, both through the qualification and learning from my colleagues. Thecombination has increased my confidence, as I can apply what I learn in thequalification to my job.

“I am also gaining experience in an office environment and buildingrelationships with clients. I hope to expand my knowledge and skills whilst atBluefin, and hopefully progress towards a managerial role in the future. I haverecently gained my Cert CII and am now working towards a Diploma.”

MatthewWeeks, Cert CII BluefinCommercial Broker, Grimsby says: “I joined Bluefin as atrainee broker in the personal lines department. For me the apprenticeship schemecombines three key elements - career advancement, knowledge and experience. Theexperience I have gained from working in industry whilst studying, has given mea base to develop my career and succeed in my exams as well as my work.


“Aswell as helping me to obtain my insurance qualifications, the BluefinApprentice Scheme helped me to win the Young Broker of the Year Award 2014 atthe Insurance Age UK Broker Awards.”

Fiona Mellett, Managing Director of The Skills Company, who manage Bluefin’s Apprenticeship programme on a national basis,said: “We are delighted that Bluefin remain so committed toApprenticeships.  Their continued commitment really does highlight thefact that Apprenticeship opportunities are available with some of the very bestcompanies, and that they provide brilliant career opportunities for ambitiousand talented young people.”