Zurich has doubled the number of apprenticeship places it is making available – from 15 in 2020 to 30 in 2021.
The initiative is open to applicants of all ages with school leavers and recent graduates being “actively encouraged” to secure places as they start their careers.
Zurich is also partnering with the BYP Network, a network founded to actively connect young black professionals with career opportunities.
Zurich’s apprenticeship scheme has been running since 2014 and this year will offer posts lasting from 18 months to three years – with the company offering training in claims and underwriting, actuarial and IT and Ops.
Places are available across the UK including London, Fareham, Glasgow, Birmingham, Swindon and Cardiff.
Zurich said of the candidates that applied in 2019, 93% have “remained with the company” and the same is true of 83% of the previous year’s candidates.
Michelle Ransome, lead talent acquisition business partner at Zurich UK, said: We are thrilled to be partnering with the BYP Network and as a signatory of the BITC The Race at Work Charter, Zurich has already committed to tackling any barriers to the recruitment and progression of ethnic minority employees.
“We are a UK-wide employer so ensuring we are represented throughout all the regions is of paramount importance. Our communities’ matter to us. Even as we approach a ‘post-pandemic world’ there remains a large shadow cast over the jobs market – competition for apprenticeship places is even more intense.”
She added: “We’ve therefore seen applications for all our graduate and apprenticeship schemes soar as students look to jump the jobs queue and gain valuable experience to set them apart from the pack.”