Minister McHugh Meets With Brokers to Discuss Apprenticeships

Wed Jul 31 2019

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh recently met with Dermot Murray, CEO, The Insurance Institute, as well as some of the insurance brokers who have supported the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship Programme since its beginning.

Minister McHugh who is a strong advocate for the programme, spoke with the group to learn more about the innovative scheme, its success to date and plans for the future.

As Ireland’s first degree-level apprenticeship, it enables apprentices to work full time for an insurance employer, earn a salary and study for a BA Hons in Insurance Practice. Employers who hire an apprentice benefit from government funding, a structured way to fast track compliance (APA within the first year) and a way to protect their talent pipeline.

If you or someone in your organisation is still thinking about hiring an apprentice, there is still time. You can contact Naomi Gaffney on 01 645 6629 or by email,

Pictured L-R: Carmen Devlin (O’Leary’s Insurance), Dermot Murray (The Insurance Institute), Breda Farrell (Aon), Minister Joe McHugh, Brian Curtis (Willis Towers Watson), Cara Aiken (Aiken Insurance).

The Apprenticeship Explained

Paula Hodson, Director of Education and Development, The Insurance Institute, explains what the apprenticeship is and how it can work for your business; What is the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship?

Why get involved?

Heading into its third year and fourth intake this September, the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship Programme has seen 85 employers across Ireland hire apprentices to date, in both the life and general sectors.

Hear about their experiences here; The Employers Perspective

The high calibre of apprentices has been something that all employers have remarked upon since this programme started and you can hear from some of our current apprentices on our YouTube channel here; The Apprentice Perspective

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