Liam Paul talks about his journey so far as a Covéa Insurance apprentice

9th March

To mark national apprentice week, Covéa Insurance spoke to one of its current apprentices, Liam Paul, and asked him to share his experience.

Eighteen year old Liam Paul began his apprenticeship at the company’s Reading town centre office in September 2014, working in the commercial trading department where he’s gaining paid work experience while studying for an NVQ in Customer Service.

What has been your experience of the Covéa apprenticeship programme and would you recommend it to others?
Covéa insurance has taken me on and treated me as part of the company, not just someone needing to learn. Everyone has welcomed me and the training I’ve received has been magnificent. The company puts my NVQ first and supports me in making sure I do well. I would recommend joining Covéa Insurance on an apprenticeship scheme as you learn so much while you’re getting paid. Covéa Insurance will support you all the way in achieving your full potential.

What made you choose an apprenticeship?
This is a good way to get your foot in the door and gain more experience in the area of work you’re interested in. When you’re young, it’s a struggle to get into some companies as they want experience, however with an apprenticeship it is easier for young people who have just come from school to find a first job.

What qualifications did you need to join the programme?
I needed to have a C in Maths and English at GCSE level to apply. Then I had to submit my CV and wait to see if I was given an interview, finally I had an interview with the Team Manager and Team Co-ordinator.

Tell us more about the training?
The apprenticeship programme lasts for a year after which you get an NVQ in customer services. After the year I will be able to do internal exams within Covéa Insurance to help me progress in other areas of the company.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship with Covéa insurance?
Covéa Insurance is a a growing company and look to have a bright future. The job description on the apprenticeship website was well detailed and sold it to me almost immediately. Also Covéa Insurance are located in Reading town centre which was ideal as was only a 15 minute train journey!

How do you split your time between work and college?
I am at work most days. Once a month my point of referral from the college comes in to have a catch up to see how I am progressing. Since the 2nd of March I have been going to West Berkshire consortium, who are providing my NVQ, every Monday until my exam.

What does your day to day job involve?
I am in the Schemes and New Business team dealing with correspondence and queries from brokers. Sometimes I help out in other departments and being an apprentice, I also have training on certain things.

Finally, what has been the highlight of your experience so far?
I have enjoyed every moment so far, but my highlight was being involved in National Customer Service week and doing a little game of bingo with work and calls that came in, we did this as a department and everyone got involved.

 

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About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France and served 11.5 million policyholders, generating over 16.3 billion Euros in premiums in 2016.  

Covéa Insurance handles the insurance needs of 1.5 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s A+ stable rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, designed to meet the needs of most individuals and businesses. Employing over 1500 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos, having Investors In People Gold accreditation and featuring in the 2015 and 2016 Sunday Times Top 100 Mid-sized Best Companies to Work For. It also has World Class service accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service for its Motor Claims, Home Claims and Underwriting Services teams as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial and Mid/High Net Worth business.

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