Barbican Insurance Group makes National Apprenticeship Awards London final

24 July 2014

Apprenticeship programme short-listed in ‘medium-sized firms’ category

Barbican Insurance Group has today announced it has been short-listed for the London final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014, reflecting the success of its Insurance Academy programme. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service held at City Hall on 23 September 2014.

Launched in 2013, the Barbican Insurance Academy enables future talent to develop their insurance knowledge, acquire new skills and build a long-term career within the industry. The integrated Apprenticeship programme allows apprentices to undertake an extensive range of training activities focusing on all aspects of the underwriting arena, as well as the insurance industry and the Lloyd’s Market. Apprentices also complete their CII Certificate, as well as achieving the L3 NVQ in Providing Financial Services.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their eleventh year, celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and Apprenticeship employers. Attracting a very high calibre of entrant, this year’s London finalists include: Barclays, British Airways, IBM and PwC. Barbican is competing in the ‘Medium Sized Employer of the Year’ category, sponsored by NDSLC, with fellow competitors including: Living Group, Optimity and the Royal Air Force Museum.

Commenting on the announcement, David Reeves, CEO of Barbican, said: “Active talent management and investing in people are core elements of our overall strategic objectives. This announcement is a very strong endorsement of the great work our HR team has been doing to build the Barbican Insurance Academy, as well as the dedication of our current apprentices who act as ambassadors for the programme.”

Stephen Barnard, one of the current apprentices on the programme, added: “The Apprenticeship programme has given me the opportunity to learn from highly experienced professionals operating in the roles that I aspire to. I have already gained a sound knowledge both of the general and Lloyd’s insurance market, as well as a strong technical ability in a number of underwriting and claims areas through secondments and workshops.”

Jill Lowery, Deputy Director of Employer & Delivery Services (London) at the Skills Funding Agency, said: “The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise the best of the best and are an excellent opportunity for individuals and employers to gain the credit they richly deserve for investing in their own futures. I am delighted that Barbican Insurance Group has been short-listed, and would like to congratulate them on this success. All of the finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

If Barbican is successful, it will proceed through to the final national judging stage and the highest scoring apprenticeship employer entries will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds. The national award winners will be announced on 13 November 2014.

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Patrick Palmer
Barbican Insurance Group
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Nigel Allen
Allen & Clapham
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Notes to Editors

Barbican Insurance Group

Formed in 2007, Barbican Insurance Group underwrites business predominantly through its Syndicates at Lloyd’s. It also has a non-Lloyd’s financial solutions business based in Guernsey which offers insurance and reinsurance programmes to the global market and number of service companies including, Barbican Underwriting Limited, Castel Underwriting Agencies Limited, Professional Indemnity Protect Limited and Seacurus Limited.

Barbican Syndicates at Lloyd’s have a stamp capacity of £250m for the 2014 year of account and underwrite marine, aviation and transport re/insurance, property re/insurance and specialty lines including casualty reinsurance, cyber liability, healthcare liability, financial and professional lines and professional indemnity.

The National Apprenticeship Awards

The National Apprenticeship Service challenged the nation’s top Apprenticeship employers and apprentices to come forward and show how Apprenticeships have made a real difference to them. Now in their eleventh year, the National Apprenticeship Awards are an opportunity to highlight the many success stories and the benefits of Apprenticeships.

For the fourth year running the very best employer category entries will have the additional bonus of featuring in the prestigious annual Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships and Traineeships throughout England.

They are responsible for increasing the number of Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities and providing a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners. This includes simplifying the process of recruiting an apprentice or trainee through Apprenticeship vacancies, an online system where employers can advertise their vacancies and potential apprentices or trainees can apply.

The Skills Funding Agency

The Skills Funding Agency is a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Its job is to fund and promote adult further education (FE) and skills training in England, including Traineeships and Apprenticeships, in a way which supports economic growth. The Agency delivers £4.1 billion of skills training through contracts with over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations and employers, with a highly effective supply chain that means FE meets local need in the most cost-effective way.

Within the Skills Funding Agency, there are two customer-facing services: the National Apprenticeship Service, which is responsible for increasing the number of Traineeship and Apprenticeship opportunities, and the National Careers Service, which provides impartial careers information, advice and guidance online, by telephone or face-to-face.

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