George Tsounias highlights the CII’s recent participation in the Lord Mayor’s She Can Be event that was held in London
The CII recently joined forces with The Lord Mayor’s appeal and with the support of hosts at Chaucer Group for the annual She Can Be event that took place in central London. The Lord Mayor’s Appeal is seeking to change the perception of women believing they do not have the same chances as men by empowering young women to make informed decisions about their future career opportunities.
She Can Be provided a unique opportunity for young women to be inspired by a career in risk as a viable and exciting option.
Chaucer Group kindly hosted this full day event where young students (years 10-13) from across London came into the city in small groups to learn more about the risk profession through a variety of immersive activities.
The day included introductions to the CII, the risk profession, career pathways and opportunities, early careers advice as well as the key role that insurance plays in our lives more generally – all of this with the backdrop of Lloyd’s of London.
To enable students to really engage with the risk profession, the day featured the
CII’s interactive Discover Risk board game. In small teams and with the support of other professionals from the market, participants worked together to assess risks associated with different business scenarios from around the world – from filmmaking and piracy to transporting chocolate. Students had to problem solve and score points for correct answers.
For students, Discover Risk allows them to gain a greater understanding of the sector and the range of careers opportunities available to them. The sessions are also designed to develop students’ soft skills which are invaluable in the world of work.
67% of 11 – 21-year-old girls and young women believe that they do not have the same chances as men
Girls’ Attitudes 2018
No interactive insight event would be complete without hearing from the professionals themselves. Seeing and hearing from new talent in this thriving profession will only inspire more young people to change their perception and increase their understanding about the world of risk and its opportunities.
A group of apprentices, graduates and more experienced professionals shared their stories about their route into insurance to inspire the next generation of talent to consider insurance as the career of choice.
The day concluded with some of the young people making pledges to themselves about being the best that they can be and believing in their true potentials.
The day could not have taken place without the support of a wide range of people. With thanks to Chaucer Group and all the speakers Alison Francis, Beatrice Kulak, Elena Wajih, George Anderson, Georgina Wickham, Morvialee Omoyinmi, Nitha Maniccadevan and Saul Ladwa.
Should you wish to learn more about the Discover Risk programme and how it could be used with schools, email: email@example.com
George Tsounias is education relationship manager of the CII