Willis Towers Watson Networks is reporting huge interest from its Network Members in an exclusive virtual training programme, just unveiled and aimed at helping support the careers of young people entering the insurance industry, whilst enabling broker members to enjoy more benefits from their investment in such recruits.
In September 2021, the Networks Business School will start to deliver its brand-new 10-month-long Foundations Programme, which seeks to catapult the careers of young college and school leavers forward and allow brokers to tap into the skills with which young recruits are endowed.
The programme is offered free-of-charge to Willis Towers Watson Network Members and open to school or college leavers just joining a brokerage as a trainee or apprentice, or those who have been in the industry for only a short period of time.
Led by Network’s Client Service Leader, Mark Cobham, a team of Willis Towers Watson insurance professionals, with many years of insurance expertise, will deliver 18 different webinar-based modules to delegates signing up for the Foundations Programme. Modules will provide technical insurance knowledge and offer insight into specific products. They will also and cover a range of skills-based topics such as broking, presenting and negotiation skills.
The programme, which allows young people to learn from their desks, will also focus on more generic skills, including business etiquette, time management and delivering bad news. It will also help delegates develop their own personal brand and social media presence.
The programme comes at a time when recruitment in the UK is challenging within all sectors and when many young people are seeking an alternative to university education. It will help bring fresh talent into those independent brokerages looking to grow with Willis Towers Watson Networks, equipping recruits with valuable fast-tracked foundation-level knowledge, suited to those on the first rung of the insurance career ladder.
“The Foundations Programme is proving a hugely attractive proposition for our Network Members,” says Mark Cobham. “The response has been phenomenal, demonstrating the extent to which brokers wish to invest in young people but how much they can struggle to devote time and resource to training in-house. By offering them this 10-month programme, which packages together the key skills any new insurance recruit needs, we are solving a real issue for them.”
The programme will see the young recruits furnished with knowledge and skills that will improve their quality of work, increase productivity and allow them to be fully integrated into their businesses, quickly developing the confidence and ability to deal with clients effectively.
“We are delighted that brokers within our Network are putting their faith in us to train their recruits their way. We aimed to take on around 12 delegates, but are now more likely to be looking at numbers of at least double that, which will constitute a major investment in young talent entering the insurance industry,” adds Cobham.
“The Network’s Business School is already seen as a key element of our value proposition. In 2021, we will deliver over 3000 CPD hours of in-person training to Network Member staff, through around 130 different training webinars. The Foundation Programme further enhances our Learning and Development offering to our Network Members, offering even more value from membership. We shall look to repeat this programme in the coming years, producing various ‘cohorts’ of trainees, who we hope will go on to have hugely successful insurance careers.”