Brightside Group launched Apprenticeship Programme to create skilled workers

Brightside Group is launching an apprenticeship programme. The programme was set up to meet “rising demand” from school leavers who want to work rather than go to university.

Richard Mackinnon, who is responsible for the programme, said: “We are interviewing for six candidates to join us at our HQ near Bristol for a one-year course, where they will aim to achieve CII status and complete an NVQ advanced level 3 in financial services provision.” He added: “Our apprentices will be working on our CVD (commercial van direct) product, and at the end of the process we are expecting those individuals to be fully qualified and progress into more senior roles during the following 12-18 months.”

Mackinnon noted that the apprenticeship scheme, which is being organised in conjunction with local secondary schools, was part of the company’s desire to “build a foundation of knowledge and find insurance leaders of the future”. David Ross, director of communications at the CII, commented: “We are delighted that Brightside Group has launched this programme and note that it is part of a growing trend in the industry to help young people make the most of changing priorities. “It’s also a good means of building stronger links with the local communities in which insurers operate.”

According to Mackinnon, the programme is expected to become an annual initiative. He concluded: “It would be great to think that one day, one of our apprentices could be running the business.”

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