Posted on 31st August 2016
Insurance ‘young guns’ celebrate success
A mid-Sussex insurance firm is celebrating a record number of young staff gaining their professional qualifications.
Nine staff at BC Underwriting (BCUW) in Burgess Hill received their Chartered Insurance Institute papers this summer, making the team not only one of the youngest, but also one of the best qualified in the country.
CII certification is the industry standard, but it is not a requirement to practise in insurance, as BCUW’s Tom Stripp, just 32 and already the MD, explained: “Not every insurance business will invest in professional development for their staff, but for us, it’s important for two reasons.
“Clients rightly expect to be advised by well-trained, knowledgeable, qualified advisors and here that’s everyone they speak to. Just as crucial, if we are to retain the brightest and best talent in the industry, staff – and particularly young staff – need to see there’s a career path, with clear benchmarking and opportunities for progression and better rewards if you put the time in to gaining a professional qualification. It’s a great thing to achieve and quite a thrill to be able to write ‘CII’ after your name for the first time.”
In a recent survey of first jobseekers by the CII, fewer than one in 10 reported being highly interested in joining the insurance industry. But BC has no trouble attracting ‘young guns’, many of whom actively help shape the company’s future by serving on a junior advisory board.
“All through my time at school and college, insurance was never a subject that was discussed,” says Tom, who would be keen to see the industry offer more internships.
“It’s a people industry, not an office job,” he says. “Have fun and work hard is the motto. You don’t come in to do a 9 to 5 job; you come in to be part of the team here and the career ladder is as long as you want it to be.”
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "