Zurich Insurance (SA) Lauded for Learnership Programme


The Zurich Insurance (South Africa) Learnership Programme is offered in partnership with the Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA) and has received international recognition from Zurich Insurance, head office in Switzerland.

zurich_logoMs Sandra Dunn, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of INSETA said, ?This winning insurance learnership programme creates opportunities for mostly marginalised young people to gain a 12-month experience in the short-term insurance industry. The learners are all young people who received good Matric results but could not pursue any tertiary education as many of them did not have the financial means to do so.?

Zurich Insurance (South Africa) trains young people for success

When the CEO of Zurich Insurance (Switzerland), Mr Martin Senn, met learners in South Africa, he was impressed by the way in which learners had matured and discovered who they were during the learnership programme.?The learners were also given the chance to meet, Zurich Insurance (South Africa) CEO, Mr Edwyn O?Neill and to have a Question and Answer (Q&A) session with him. Mr O?Neill explains that the learnership programme began with the process of finding suitable individuals. ?We placed an advertisement. Candidates were shortlisted, selected and placed within the company. Learners rotated through various functions in the work place whilst simultaneously enrolling towards obtaining an FETC (Further Education and Training Certificate) Short-Term Insurance Qualification.?

?Our company?s decision to provide a course in life skills has made a huge difference. Each learner was able to develop their writing-skills. Most importantly, each learner received a mentor – the mentor could have been from any field – an Information and Technology (IT) person, an executive, and so forth. The purpose of this was to give the mentor an opportunity to impart knowledge to the learner about business ethic and savvy, and to share general business experiences with them.?

?Each learner was also paired with a coach from the specific insurance-training area in the company in which they were working. The Company is extremely passionate about developing young people; this is seen in the rich mentorship and coaching programme that was designed for their learners. It is the main reason for the success of this short-term insurance Learnership Model. How successful is the model one may ask? One hundred per cent of the learners who train with Zurich Insurance SA go on to find employment if they are not retained by the company.?

The Zurich SA learnership team falls within the ambit of the Zurich Learning Academy which is headed up by Mr Neville Lindsay. The course was jointly presented with Inhle Business Solutions.Zurich is a short-term insurance company located in Johannesburg. They offer insurance products and services that suit the need of the individual, commercial and corporate client. They have a network of sale points and a chain of service outlets across the country. Zurich South Africa is a subsidiary of the Swiss-based global Zurich Insurance Group Limited, a leading insurance provider with a network of subsidiaries worldwide.


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