LIA can assist school-leavers and graduates with an avenue into Financial Services through our programmes:

  • Apprenticeship scheme
  • School leavers
  • DEIS scholarships.

Apprenticeship scheme

What is an insurance apprenticeship?

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is an ‘earn and learn’ degree programme, combining on-the-job training with academic study. The three-year, government-supported programme leads to the full QFA and a BA honours degree in business and insurance whichallows apprentices to hit the ground running early in their career. Apprentices develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career in the financial services profession and beyond.

How to become an apprentice

Applications for the programme typically open between Spring and Autumn. The apprenticeship begins in September each year. Employers are subject to statutory approval before they can begin recruiting apprentices.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 2 honours in higher level Leaving Cert subjects and four additional passes including Maths and English/Irish.
  • Full cognate FETAC (level 5 or 6) award to include distinction grades in at least 3 components.
  • For those over 23, interviews or other selection tools are used to assess instead of these minimum requirements.

Future prospects

Apprentices that complete the programme will be in a position to directly apply for roles in financial service companies. With aprofessional qualification and honours degree a great career in
financial services will have already begun.

Find out more here.

School leavers

The Financial Services industry offers young people anincredible amount of choice in the work they do allowing room to explore and grow within the workforce. With so many different types of positions open to people the type of skills required for different roles is endless from problem-solving, communications, interpersonal skills, customer service skills, strategic thinking and many more
meaning that whatever your skill set it’s likely that you can find a position within financial services.

What we offer

We offer a genuine and affordable option for school-leavers to become qualified for their start in financial services without the need to directly attend 3rd level institutions. Our courses are offered through a blended learning approach. Students are provided with a range of online and hard-copy study resources and materials, as well as 24/7 access to online pre-recorded lectures on a chapter-by-chapter basis. In addition to live exam preparation lectures which run in anumber of venues. This approach affords our students theopportunity to work while studying, gaining experience as they
reach qualification.

Find out more here.

DEIS Scholarship

LIA has launched its financial services scholarship for DEIS schools. Providing an alternative educational path from the traditional third level route, this could be the key to unlocking a rewarding career for one of your students in the financial services industry.

A total of 10 places are being offered to students of DEIS schools for the 2018/19 academic year,  each to the value of €1,770. Each DEIS school may apply on behalf of one Leaving Cert student. Based on the number of applications received from schools in your region, LIA will choose the winning students.

Find out more here.

More Information

If you are interested in any of our programmes  or would like more information on a scheme contact Elaine Culligan on 01 709 9846 or at elaine.culligan@lia.ie.