Apprentice at Aon

Start Date:
2019
Location:
Central London & City
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£1,356 monthly
Review Date:
April 2019

Review Score

6.5 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

6/10

Day-to-day my role is mainly to generate Evidence of Covers for slips. Therefore, especially during renewal season this means i am extremely busy, as in the team i am in (Non-Marine Retro), there are about 400 slips that renew and therefore need a cover note. This can be challenging as it makes it very repetitive and monotonous.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

10/10

I have learnt the systems and processes that the team use in order to produce Cover Notes and Cover Note Addendums. I have also learnt a lot about the insurance market, different types of insurance policies and companies, the principles of insurance,ie Utmost Good Faith and more- as this was all necessary to pass my IF1 exam. I have also developed my communication skills.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

3/10

During my first renewal at 1st January, this was extremely challenging, pressurising and stressful and i did not enjoy it. However, it is not like this all the time so sometimes i do enjoy it. i am keen to learn more and different things as i prefer it when my day is broken up into doing different things.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

3/10

In terms of the exams, it is well structured as there was a cohort of apprentices who were due to sit their exams all around similar times within the year and all of us were due to attend the same revision workshop days. However, where i was involved in such a busy renewal period, my exam got pushed back twice and i was no longer at the same point as the others in the cohort. Similarly, there isn't necessarily much of a structure to what im going to be taught and when.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

7/10

There has been a change in management within my team and since this has happened things have been better for me and i have recieved more support. Prior to this,in my team directly i do not think there was much support for my apprenticeship programme. Yet following these changes I have been told that i will be able to learn new and different things soon, so i am looking forward to that.

The employer as a whole, however, do support us as they invested 2 weeks into training us at the beginning of the apprenticeship programme and fund all of our exams.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

10/10

FWD have been really supportive. I meet with my apprenticeship coach once a month and he has been there to talk to when i have had concerns about my role. Not only that when i didnt understand things for my exam he explained it in a way that helped me to learn it. They also provide many resources for the exam on OneFile. This extremely helped me in preparing for my exam as it meant i could revise in other ways, other than just reading the textbook.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

5/10

My qualification definitely taught me a lot about the insurance industry and i think it will enable me to perform better in my role, when i am taught to do more and different things. As at the moment it is still quite restricted and limitied so the qualification itself doesn't affect what i do that much.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)

8/10

There are netball teams to get involved in or societies to get involved in. Such as Next Gen and Diversity and Inclusion. There are also Lunch and Learns which give us an opportunity to network with other colleagues. There are also volunterring opportunities, such as Reading Partners with younger children.

9a. Would you recommend Aon to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

There are many opportunities to get involved in and Aon do care about their employees. For example, the opportunity to do your exams, which Aon fund. As well as getting involved in the different groups avaliable, volunteering and networking. It is a great company to work for when starting your career and trying to progress.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aon?

My advice to to others applying to work for Aon would be to try and learn as much as you can whilst you are there and take any opportunity that comes avaliable. This might range from attending meetings, to volunteering, doing your exams or shadowing a colleague. The more you learn, the more you can do for the company and therefore progress in your career.

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