Equality of opportunity is a wonderful thing;
Up to 25 university students from disadvantaged backgrounds will visit the Lloyd’s market today as part of the launch of broker trade body LIIBA’s Insurance Springboard initiative. The programme, run jointly with social mobility charity upReach, will see up to 40 students matched with mentors from the market to aid their career development and raise awareness of opportunities in the insurance market.
On launch day, students will tour the Lloyd’s building before a presentation from the Lloyd’s Lab. This will be followed by lunch with broker Miller and representatives of a range of market bodies including the London Market Group and the Chartered Insurance Institute. In the afternoon, the students will meet more market practitioners at ACORD’s office in Minster Court.
The students – called Associates in the programme – will have one-to-one coaching from their mentor for an initial six-month period.
Jacqueline Girow, LIIBA’s associate director, said: “Insurance Springboard is just one initiative in our Belonging@LIIBA campaign, which aims to help younger people and those from less advantaged backgrounds by providing them with access to the London insurance market and the professional roles it offers.
“We’re also looking for support from market firms by offering work experience for the Associates in London in the week commencing 19 June. Anybody willing to do this can contact me to arrange.”
UpReach is a charity that works with UK universities to identify and support high-achieving undergraduates from under-privileged backgrounds.
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