The Insurance Institute of Sheffield (IIS) joined forces with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) to host two events designed to introduce students to careers in the insurance profession.
The first event was held during September's Freshers' Week for the students on SHU's Business School courses. Presentations from Jean Cookson, the institute president; Damion Taylor, senior lecturer in Financial Management at SHU; Geoff Fenwick of Allianz and Sheffield deputy president; and Caspar Bartington, formerly of the CII, gave great insight into the career options available, while Andrea Rueda of Aviva gave a postgraduate's view of working for an insurance company.
Following the presentations, the 150 students took the opportunity to network and talk to representatives from about a dozen local employers including insurers, brokers, IFAs and loss adjusters; representatives of the IIS.
The second event was held on 24 January 2018 and was aimed at sixth form and college students. There were around 30 students and several teachers attending from various schools and colleges in and around the IIS area, with the aim of the event to show students the variety of careers available in insurance.
SHU wrote a post-event blog called 'A career in Insurance and Personal Finance -- a Risky Game?' and the university has expressed interest in arranging similar events in the future, following such a successful launch.
For more information on the Sheffield Institute, visit: www.cii.co.uk/sheffield