What are CII Aspire Apprenticeship programmes?
The insurance and personal finance professions face immediate and long-term skills challenges. Apprenticeships can help by giving you access to potential employees you might not have considered before, and by supporting the training and upskilling of your existing workforce.
Aspire Apprenticeship programmes come from the CII, so you can be sure of the highest-quality training, tailor-made for your sector. We make offering apprenticeships easy, cost-effective and convenient for you, and give you a helping hand throughout.
- Cost-effective learning and development with up to 100% funding, depending on your region
- CII qualifications aligned to apprenticeship standards and frameworks, and so supporting career progression
- Structured training, delivered by reputable providers
- Increased employee satisfaction and loyalty
- Development of the specific skills and behaviours your organisation and industry need
- Cost-effective attraction and selection of new employees
- Training and upskilling of your existing workforce
What’s the value of apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are recognised as a highly valuable form of work-based training. Working for you, apprentices develop the right skills and knowledge directly relevant to your business. Apprenticeships aren’t just for new starters – you can offer them to existing employees, helping you to retain and develop a skilled workforce.
An apprentice brings new life to your business, and can be an energising influence on those with experience. And while they learn and develop, your business is growing too.
Preparing for CII Aspire Apprenticeships
- Ensure you have a genuine vacancy
- Be ready to support the individual training needs of the apprentice
- Read our FAQs
- If you have any further questions, contact the CII Aspire Apprenticeship team at: [email protected]
Registering for CII Aspire Apprenticeships
- Register by clicking the employer registration link below
- You will be allocated a preferred training provider or recruitment support, as required
- Recognition of prior learning and a skills gap analysis will be identified
- Your apprentice will be enrolled and the programme begins
Apprenticeship standards and frameworks
The UK has different apprenticeship standards and frameworks, depending on the country where your business is based. Although this means four different systems, they have a lot in common. To find out more about which standards and frameworks apply to you, click on the country below.
You can find out more about funding in England here
Customer Service Insurance Practitioner Level 2 England
Financial Services Customer Adviser Level 2 England
Compliance/Risk Officer Level 3 England
Senior Financial Services Customer Adviser Level 3 England
Mortgage Adviser Level 3 England
Financial Services Administrator Level 3 England
Insurance Practitioner Level 3 England
Workplace Pensions (Administrator or Consultant) Level 3 England
Insurance Professional Level 4 England
Financial Adviser Level 4 England
Senior Compliance/Risk Specialist Level 6 England
Paraplanner Level 4 England
Senior Insurance Professional Level 6 England
Relationship Manager (Banking) Level 6 England
You can find out more about funding in Scotland here
You can find out more about funding in Northern Ireland here
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why take on an apprentice?
Apprenticeships benefit both you and your apprentice. An apprentice is likely to be in the early stages of their career, and their enthusiasm and willingness to develop in your workplace make them a great addition to your team. In turn, they’ll learn valuable professional and technical skills they can’t get from a degree – all while earning.
What is an apprenticeship programme?
- Apprenticeships are training programmes for employees aged 16 and over, helping them gain and develop skills and knowledge relevant to their career aspirations and the needs of their employer.
- They have time limits (minimum of 12 months) and are based on skills, and will often include qualifications. New apprenticeships have an assessment at the end, which measures the capability of an apprentice.
- The Institute for Apprenticeships oversees all apprenticeships, looking at the suitability of the training suggested for each job role and ensuring multiple apprenticeship options aren’t developed for the same job.
- All apprenticeships are designed to develop skills within a job role. Many also contain professional qualifications to help build knowledge and understanding of specific sectors.
What is 20% off-the-job training?
The requirement for 20% ‘off-the-job training’ is not as onerous as you might think, and does not necessarily mean you will have to release your apprentice one day a week to sit in a classroom. Training is an essential part of an apprenticeship and must take place during employed time. Employers may find that what they offer as part of their existing learning and development delivery counts towards the 20%. For example, revision towards CII exams, use of insurance/Broker/Financial Assess and attendance at Local Institute events.