September 2021 Cross-Market Insurance Returners Programme

Following the success of the first programme, Inclusivity is delighted to launch the 2nd Cross-market Insurance Returners programme for 2021.

This programme is a collaboration between forward-thinking, inclusive insurance organisations and supported by the Insurance Families Network.

Member firms for the 2nd programme are AXA, Marsh, Phoenix, AON, Zurich and Lloyd’s of London.

Starting in January 2022, this six-month programme is aimed at anyone who’s taken a career break of 2 years or more and who wants to re-immerse themselves back into professional life.

Who Is It For?

This opportunity is aimed at women and men of all ages who have taken time out of work for at least 2 years. Perhaps you’ve been raising a family or caring for someone. Maybe you’ve put your career on hold to deal with a personal setback.

Now, although you may still have personal commitments to juggle, you feel ready to re-establish your career.

We’re looking for people who want to make the most of their professional expertise or leadership potential and who are able to return to their careers on a 4 or 5 day a week basis. Most organisations will operate a hybrid working environment in the future, so both office and home working will be available.

How It Works

The Insurance Returners programme starts on Monday 10th January 2022 and lasts for six months. You’ll be part of a cohort of fellow returners, working in one of the participating firms. These paid opportunities will give you the opportunity to put to use your past career expertise and to bring yourself back up to speed with the current market.

Whilst there is no guarantee, it is the goal of the programme that you will be able to secure a permanent position at the end of the six months. Where suitable, some candidates may wish to commence working earlier than January.

What Opportunities Exist?

The programme is seeking expressions of interest from people with the following backgrounds:

  • Claims
  • Underwriting
  • Actuarial
  • Governance & Oversight
  • Broking/Client Management
  • Legal
  • Risk Management/Compliance
  • Accounting, Finance & Audit
  • Technology – (need not be from the insurance industry)
  • Exposure Management / Catastrophe Modelling
  • Policy Review / Policy Wording

General expressions of interest for those with an insurance background in an area not listed above.

** All opportunities will be paid at the market rate for the role.

Support on Offer

Throughout the programme you will be supported by Inclusivity.

Prior to your week one you will join the cohort for pre-commencement training. This session is designed to place you in a position for a confident day 1, equipping you with the knowledge and insights on how to take control of your own success.

  • Also prior to week one, Inclusivity will deliver a training session with your line manager on how to best support a career returner, particularly in the early months.
  • During the programme you will receive 3 one to one coaching sessions with Inclusivity’s specialist return to work coaches. These sessions are designed to support you on an individual basis and to address any personal needs you may have.
  • During the programme each firm will supply you with a buddy and an internal mentor
  • And finally, you will be a part of a fabulous cohort of returners who will offer you support and friendship as you all embark on this new stage of your careers.

How To Apply

You can apply for the programme by providing an up to date CV and covering letter (as a word document) using the following links:

Applications close on Friday 14th October. Please note that interview slots can fill up fast so please try not to leave your application to the last few days.

Inclusivity will review all applications and contact potential candidates to arrange an initial interview.

Once Inclusivity has completed your interview, and ascertained suitability for the programme, then your details will be submitted to the individual firms in consideration for their opportunities.

Interviews with the insurance firms will take place in late October / early November 2021.

To apply for any role in the programme you will need to:

  • Have taken a career break of at least 2 years. Please show this clearly on your CV.
  • Have a keen interest in returning to work
  • Be able to undertake the role from January 2022.
  • Demonstrate previous experience in a similar field with the required listed opportunity areas
  • Provide evidence of right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Work for the equivalent of 4 or 5 days per week

* A note on CVs – do not worry if it is not perfect. Inclusivity will support you to improve your CV before sending it to participating firms.