1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Trainee Trading Underwriter, General duties consist of: Looking at renewals, talking to brokers, processing, conferring to senior underwriters, apprentice follow up calls, prospecting, emailing, attending meetings, looking at the team account, building broker relationships.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
i am going through exams CII and internal Aviva ones, i have done internal training on insurance and talking to brokers .
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
i enjoy the company culture, i have a mentor and a buddy that i refer to all the time, this boosts my confidence and get on with my work consistently learning.
4. How valued do you feel by Aviva?
i feel very valued, i attend events thought out Aviva for grads and apprentice. my manager is very approachable and my team members are supportive.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I have dead lines to meet, and a good structure to follow every year of my scheme, I am to keep on top of my targets and I am supported to do so.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My buddy sits with me, my manager has regular catch ups and 1 to 1 meetings. Always guiding me and showing me examples and documentation that will help me.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Aviva as an employer is supportive, i liked hearing about the share plans and employee benefits available to me, Aviva pay for my exams which supports me and i am also allowed time off for studying.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
i still live at home so i find that i do not have as much costs as i might have in 2/3 years. But that means I can save for my future. I feel the salary is perfect, and as i am on pay and progression it really motivates me to be the best i can be.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
i already am a volunteer for Girls Brigade, and the role as an apprentice means i am involved with fundraising and training events regularly throughout the year.
9a. Would you recommend Aviva to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
You can build up a wide network at Aviva, i have been working here since September and i have attended lunches with senior management and met some executives, its a very exciting place to work. I come from a small city, and the fact I can email someone many miles away is extraordinary.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aviva? *
I would say to anyone applying to Aviva, that they are applying for a career not just a job, you need to put in the work and be keen to learn. It will pay off. The assessment day made me feel at ease and i was not nervous. The one issue i would put to you, would be the online test that made you work out rhythms and patters, as I am dyslexic I really struggled with this, and had no hope after the test as I thought I wouldn’t be in for a chance if there were many people going for the position. (I don’t know how much of this test is taken into consideration, to put you in the chance for an interview).
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