18 April 2012
IT’S RISKY BUSINESS FOR ARCHBISHOP SENTAMU ACADEMY STUDENTS
Sixth form students from Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull are set to get involved in risky business with a lively learning and advice session about careers in insurance.
The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), the insurance sector’s professional body, is hosting Insurance and financial services industry careers day at Manchester Conference Centre on Monday 23 April for the school’s Careers Academies’ finance students.
The day will open with a speech from James McCreary, chief executive of Career Academies, and Karen Cartridge, Insurance Institute of Manchester’s president.
Included in the event programme is Discover Risk, the CII’s award-winning education initiative which provides more information on the huge range of global opportunities that exist in the sector. The interactive board game demonstrates how vital it is for businesses and people to manage different levels of risk, and how a career in insurance helps meet this responsibility.
In teams, students will participate in a scenario-based activity where different levels of risk are explored. The types of problems facing the would-be risk managers include a pop singer losing her voice on tour, cameras being damaged on a movie set and piracy affecting a company’s profits. Bhavisha Tailor and Andrew Nixon, both from Axa, will be on hand to offer support.
Two separate presentations offering an overview into insurance and financial planning will also run. Heading up the insurance session, Stacy Sheridan from Riskworks and Michelle Noonan and Karl Curtis from Chubb Insurance will share their experiences, while Marie Meagher from Cotton Financial Planning, Adam Carolan from Xentum and Morven Millar from Gresham Wealth Management will host a discussion on financial planning.
Career Academies is a national movement of over 1,000 employers and 150 educational institutes that provides social and career development through mentoring, workplace visits, seminars, lectures, internships and workshops.
As well as Archbishop Sentamu Academy, the CII’s session is open to Career Academies students from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in Lancashire, Oldham College in Oldham, Oldershaw Academy in Wallasey and St John Fisher Catholic High School in Dewsbury.
Ian Nichol, Career Academies UK’s regional manager for the North West, says: “Career Academies is delighted that its partnership with the CII means that more than 60 students in the region will be able to attend the workshop and find out more about working in insurance and financial services. This will provide essential information for students before they make important choices about their futures.”
Caspar Bartington, relationship manager at the CII, adds: “Despite challenging economic conditions, the insurance and financial planning industry remains stable and is making real steps towards establishing itself as a progressive profession. With it, we’re seeing a growing interest in insurance and financial services.
“Careers workshops like these are important in giving young people insight into the industry and developing important skills such as teamwork, influence, negotiation and communication. The practitioners on hand have entered the profession at different stages of education, from school leavers to university graduates, so they’ll be able to advise on the different routes and career options available.”