Boost your business – employ an apprentice

Boost your business – employ an apprentice

Modern day apprenticeships are all about career choice; not just getting a job. They combine extensive on- and off-the-job training, allowing participants to develop technical and transferrable skills that are beneficial to both employer and employee.

What is an apprenticeship?

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship was developed in conjunction with the insurance industry and has been designed to meet the needs of modern insurance businesses.

Available nationally, the programme is open to general insurance and broker businesses of all sizes. It is a three year contractual commitment, funded by the government (HEA and SOLAS) and is structured so apprentices gain their regulatory licence – Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) – by the end of year one.

The off-the-job training is provided one day a week via distance learning. Apprentices stream live lectures in their workplace through our partner, IT Sligo, which enables them to learn in real business environments.


Learn more about the programme and syllabus


What's the value of an apprentice?

Apprentices bring enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to business. Combine this with a level 8, BA (Hons) degree and you’ll benefit from staff with higher-level technical knowledge and a more comprehensive set of soft skills.

Research from similar programmes across the UK shows that apprentices develop into motivated, skilled and qualified employees, filling your talent gap and making your business more productive.

'Our apprentices have made a notable impact across our businesses, bringing with them a fresh perspective, new ideas and a hunger to learn.'

Cathal Lowe, Hooper Dolan Insurances

Through structured funding, taking on an apprentice helps to lower recruitment and training costs, so what are you waiting for? 


Apply to become an apprentice employer today


Who is this programme for?

Apprentices are typically ambitious people of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds. To find out more about our existing demographic breakdown, click here

There are however entry requirements for the scheme which should be considered within your recruitment process.


Entry requirements

  • Minimum 2 honours (higher level) in Leaving Cert
  • 4 additional passes including English/Irish and Maths
  • No maximum age limit, but for those over 23 on 1 January of the year of entry, interviews and other selection tools may be used to assess eligibility, replacing Leaving Cert entry requirements.

View detailed entry requirements


This apprenticeship was designed to attract new talent into the industry. As a general guideline, it is not open to those already working in insurance or with an existing insurance qualification.

However, if you are working in the industry and would like to learn more about this course, please contact us here

'Apprenticeships for us are all about addressing the skills gap, hands on. We truly feel that they are essential to encourage and develop our leaders of the future.'

Sandra Harvey-Graham, Apprenticeship Programme Manager

How do I employ an apprentice?

Hiring an apprentice is really straightforward, but there are a few things that as an employer you need to be aware of:

  • Initial assessment required to qualify for funding 
  • Supply of experienced staff members to act as mentors and supervisors
  • Suitable role to facilitate learning
  • Access to a computer and quiet space to take part in online lectures
  • Salary to be in line with normal entry-level positions


Complete Employer Application Form


Interested in becoming an apprentice?

Please click here for more information