Learnership programme

The Zurich Learnership Programme is offered in partnership with INSETA (Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority) and focuses on assisting previously disadvantaged young South Africans by creating the opportunity to gain work-related experience in the short-term insurance industry.

During the 12-month programme, the learners are rotated through the various functions of the business and simultaneously work towards obtaining a FETC Short Term Insurance Qualification.

Candidates should be able to speak at least two languages, with English as an essential language, and it is regarded as an advantage should the candidate have passed Maths in their Grade 12 year. As part of the learning component of the programme, candidates have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills around technical insurance and insurance systems, and they attend sessions which focus on behavioural and leadership competencies. The learners are guided, coached and mentored by Zurich managers who support them throughout the programme.

Zurich regards the Learnership Programme as a key economic and social enabler as it benefits the candidate, society and the insurance industry as a whole. Successful candidates receive full accreditation of the FETC Short Term Insurance Qualification at level 4 and are FAIS compliant.

Prospective nominees should meet the following criteria:

  • Under the age of 24 (i.e. turning 24 in 2014)
  • Previously disadvantaged
  • South African citizen
  • Grade 12 qualification or equivalent
  • Able to communicate (speak, read, write) in English
  • No further qualifications since Grade 12 and not presently studying towards a qualification·
  • Does not have the financial means to obtain a qualification

The 2014 Zurich Learnership Programme will be run in Johannesburg and Durban.