Zurich in Wexford welcomes first 16 on unique traineeship

David Tucker

Published 29/09/2015 | 00:00

The learners with (from left seated) John Noonan, Hartley People, Sandra Harvey Graham, The Insurance Institute of Ireland, John Cassidy, Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board, Elaine Hayes of Zurich Insurance and Kathryn Bermingham, WWETB
The learners with (from left seated) John Noonan, Hartley People, Sandra Harvey Graham, The Insurance Institute of Ireland, John Cassidy, Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board, Elaine Hayes of Zurich Insurance and Kathryn Bermingham, WWETB

A unique Insurance Traineeship Programme for the Wexford area, aimed at offering those in long-term unemployment the opportunity to secure training and job placement with Zurich Insurance, has welcomed its first 16 participants. The one-year traineeship is being delivered by Waterford Wexford Training Services and Zurich Insurance in Wexford.

The 16 learners have all secured a place on the traineeship following an application process which commenced in June 2015 when the programme was announced for the first time.

They now begin the first stage of their training with Hartley People at the Wexford Training Centre for a period of nine weeks; where they will gain skills in word processing and customer service. Following this training period they will begin an on-the-job placement at Zurich's Drinagh office where they will gain first hand experience in Zurich's various business areas.

The year-long training programme focusses on developing the learners' core skills including business administration, finance and banking, team working, Information Technology, and manual and computeried accounts.

All of the course modules are delivered through a classroom style training environment combined with on-the-job work experience.

The Traineeship was jointly developed by Zurich, Waterford Wexford Training Services (WWTS) and the Insurance Institute of Ireland (III). The learners will work towards achieving their Professional Certificate in General Insurance in conjunction with the completion of a Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Level 5 Business Administration Certificate to support the development of their business skills.

Welcoming the learner group to the Wexford Training Centre, Eilis Leddy, Chief Executive of Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board said, 'We are delighted to welcome the trainees to this brand new WWTS and Zurich Insurance Traineeship.

This training programme for the Insurance industry is the first of its kind for this particular business sector.

'This is a course delivery style which we have successfully delivered in other business sectors meeting the employment and training needs of the various business sectors and offering a unique opportunity to those in long-term unemployment to gain not only the theory of the industry but also first hand knowledge of the role and best placing them on the career ladder for potential future employement within the sector.;

Welcoming the trainees to the course, CEO of Zurich in Ireland Conor Brennan said:

'The start of the programme marks the beginning of a very exciting journey: not just for the individuals concerned, but also for the organisations that have worked so hard to bring it to fruition.

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