Broker representative body LIIBA has launched a new campaign to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion initiatives in the London insurance market. Gone are the days of stuffy grey suits n ties and having the `right’ accent to break into an insurance career.
Belonging@LIIBA will bring together a range of initiatives targeting younger people and those from less advantaged backgrounds by providing them with access to the London insurance market and the professional roles it offers.
Initially, the Belonging@LIIBA area of LIIBA’s website will provide information regarding LIIBA’s own initiatives, which features a new programme from The Prince’s Trust called Get into Insurance aimed at 18–30-year-olds, a STEM Learning Insurance Industry Insights week for 14–17-year-olds and LIIBA’s upReach Springboard programme aimed at supporting 40 university undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds over a three-year programme. Additionally, LIIBA is supporting over 30 first- and second-year university students through work experience placements this summer. Further initiatives will be added to the hub over time.
This marks the first time all diversity and inclusion initiatives have been pulled together under a single banner overseen by LIIBA’s diversity and inclusion panel. All the individual initiatives feature support from one or more of LIIBA’s member broker firms.
A launch webinar open to LIIBA’s members and guests will take place on Monday 23 May.
Jacqueline Girow, LIIBA’s D&I lead, said: “Creating a more inclusive culture in the London insurance market is one of our strategic objectives. Our members and the LIIBA team have been working hard for some years to help everyone to gain access to the market and the opportunities it offers. But we felt the time had come to take a more co-ordinated and action-based approach.
“Belonging@LIIBA is a banner beneath which a broad range of D&I activities can take place. It allows us to co-ordinate initiatives across our membership and get the most from each activity. It’s also a visible manifestation of brokers’ commitment to bring about tangible change, regardless of a firm’s size.”
The Belonging@LIIBA events page will be updated with various Market D&I events.
More details of Belonging@LIIBA are available on LIIBA’s website: liiba.co.uk/belonging-liiba/