On Friday 2 September, we held a one-day IntoWork Summer Conference with Lloyd’s, the world's specialist insurance and re-insurance market, to provide young people from London’s state schools with insight into careers in the insurance and financial sectors together with workshops on key employability skills.
Funded by Lloyd’s Community Programme, this annual event, which is designed and delivered by The Brokerage, gives over 100 ambitious Year 13 and undergraduate students who are registered with The Brokerage, an opportunity to develop their skills to help them with the ever-challenging recruitment process. Many of these young people will soon begin applying for jobs in the financial and insurance sectors.
Attendees took part in employability workshops, insight sessions with industry experts, a networking lunch and an interactive panel discussion with employees from across the Lloyd’s market. Students heard from Paul Jardine, Chief Experience Officer at XL Catlin; Shamim Ashraf, Head of Casualty Pricing at ArgoGlobal; Giovanna Miceli, Talent Aqcusiyion Leader at Marsh & McLennan Companies; Claire Simpson, Political Risk Line Underwriter at Hiscox; and Ola Jacob Raji, Senior Broker at Arthur J. Gallagher.
Students developed their own ‘personal brand’ through employability and interview workshops, looking at how to market themselves to recruiters and improve their interview technique in mock interviews with experts from the insurance sector. To end the day, participants attended a careers fair to find out about the opportunities available to them.
With the vast amount of competition that these young aspiring City workers face, it’s crucial that they have the right skillset to be successful. This one-day event has been designed to allow students to develop and showcase a wide range of key skills, including presentation, teamwork, communications, leadership, working under pressure and analytics.
The Brokerage’s Executive Director, Bridget Gardiner, said: “This is the third year we have run the IntoWork conference in partnership with Lloyd’s Community Programme. In 2015, participants demonstrated dramatic increases in their confidence levels, and I hope the 2016 event will be even more effective. We worked with 35 insurance companies in 2015, and are delighted to see so many of the hundreds of students who register with us undertaking internships and securing employment within the insurance profession.”