“You’re hired!” – Insurance Apprentice brings home trophy for Covéa Insurance

18th August 2020

Kelly Huddleston, a claims team leader at Covéa Insurance, has been crowned winner in the Insurance Post Claims Apprentice 2020.  Similar to the TV version of ‘The Apprentice’ hosted by Lord Sugar, the competition put insurance employees through their paces, pitting contestants from different companies against each other as they took part in a series of filmed business-related challenges. Kelly from Calderdale made it through to the final stages, going on to win, after beating contestants from six other national companies, including Nexus, Zurich and Axa.

The Insurance Post Claims Apprentice is run in association with global law firm Kennedys, who provide their own version of Lord Sugar in the form of Managing Partner Suzanne Liversidge. The competition sees participants filmed in a series of six episodes as they undertake a variety of tasks and interviews, one of which included creating a podcast incorporating views from the public on climate change.

https://www.postonline.co.uk/claims/7658201/claims-apprentice-2020-episode-two-podcast-challenge-part-one

Kelly comments: “I found the whole experience really rewarding, and I feel really proud of myself for what I’ve achieved. At the beginning I did feel a bit overwhelmed, not having travelled to London alone before and being away from my children, but I think that in itself gave me confidence that led me to really enjoy it. The tasks were challenging and when the competition had to move to a remote setting it brought along the additional obstacle of balancing working from home with parenting/home schooling. I’ve surprised myself with how I deal with challenge and how resilient I can be, which has really given me more confidence in my approach to other situations. All in all, I’m really glad that Covéa had the confidence in me to put me forward for this, and even more pleased to have been able to bring the victory back to Covéa Insurance!”

Suzanne Liversidge, Global Managing Partner, Kennedys said: “For me, the fact that Kelly doubted herself so much initially and pushed herself so hard in every aspect of the process, made her stand out. She did that and then she achieved and succeeded. I know that she, especially, will take everything she learned from this process back to work and will continue to grow and to shine. And that's a pleasure to see. Those things combined gave her the edge.

Adrian Furness, Chief Operating Officer at Covéa Insurance said: “We are all extremely proud of Kelly and what she has achieved, winning the insurance industry’s equivalent to “The Apprentice” is no mean feat!  At Covéa Insurance we’re passionate about creating an environment in which all our people can thrive and where they can build their skills.  We want to give our people opportunities to shine and achieve great things, and it’s wonderful that our industry supports that by offering these platforms.”

 

 

 

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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, generating over 16.6 billion Euros in premiums in 2020.   

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 2 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s ‘AA- stable’ rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, pet, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, through a range of distribution channels.

Employing over 1900 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos.  It holds ServiceMark accreditation with Distinction for its Personal Lines operation and its Commercial & HNW Claims teams, as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial business.  Covéa Insurance is signatory to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and the insurance Inclusivity Pledge and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

Recently, Covéa Insurance won the General Insurer of the Year award at the British Insurance Awards 2021. It was named as the Best Place to Work in Digital (Large Organisations) at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards and as the Best Employer at the Yorkshire Financial Awards.  They were also recipients of the Best Insurer title at the British Claims Awards, High Net Worth Product of the Year Award at the Insurance Times Awards, the Staff Empowerment Award at the Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance Awards.

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