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Acorn helps to grow Apprentices

The first staff at Zurich, one of the UK's largest insurance companies, to complete an Apprenticeship in insurance have qualified at their Cardiff office.

Acorn, the only CII-accredited training provider of financial services Apprenticeships in Wales, delivered the Apprenticeship support and training on-site for Zurich employees Natasha Ryan, Emma Manderson and Kanta Halai.

Successfully completing the programme demonstrates the learner's competence and knowledge in the insurance sector via a mix of assessments, workshops, observation and real work examples.

Head of Corporate Development for Acorn , Ann McConnon, said: "We'd like to congratulate Natasha, Emma and Kanta on becoming the first learners in Zurich to complete their Apprenticeship.  We have 20 other Apprentices at Zurich on the programme at the moment and all are also on track to complete later this year.

"Despite the fantastic feedback from current learners, Zurich is one of only a small number of companies in Wales that currently offer insurance Apprenticeships to their staff. It may be that businesses are not aware that this opportunity exists or perhaps there is not an understanding of the huge benefit that Apprenticeships can offer. Either way, I would seriously encourage anyone interested to contact us."

Emma Manderson, Sales & Service Consultant, Zurich said: "The various elements of the Apprenticeship all relate to insurance, which is great, and I enjoyed the training, particularly for the the IF1 which is an industry specific qualification and helped improve my knowledge of insurance and how the industry works. I scored 93% and completed my full Apprenticeship in March 2010. The NVQ customer service element within the apprenticeship has made me think more about how I deal with people and my quality of service".

Acorn is a leading provider of training, learning and development solutions, and trains more than a 1000 individuals each month. As well as offering apprenticeships across a wide range of work based subjects they can also create bespoke training programmes to suit any business.

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