AXA launches over a dozen apprenticeships as part of National Apprenticeship Week

4 March 2019

Posted in People

by Rebecca D'Cunha (see media contact)

  • AXA UK has launched over a dozen new government-backed apprenticeship schemes as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
  • Openings include customer services, claims and data scientist roles, with the potential to attain Chartered Insurance Institute qualifications. 
  • The move comes as part of the insurer’s strategy to move away from traditional graduate schemes in favour of more diverse apprenticeships.

Today, AXA UK has launched over a dozen new apprenticeship vacancies as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The vacancies, consisting of customer services and claims roles in in Ipswich and three data scientist positions in Tunbridge Wells, are open to new applicants and existing employees, without any age restriction.

Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to attain Chartered Insurance Institute qualifications as part of some of the apprenticeships.

Over the past 12 months, over 100 apprentices have started at AXA across its UK offices, with numbers expected to grow throughout 2019. The insurer has also revamped its recruitment process, moving away from graduate schemes in favour of apprenticeship programmes.

By partnering with leading training providers across the UK, AXA has utilised the apprenticeship levy to fund a range of government-approved apprenticeships, offering qualifications including CII, AAT and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

The insurer has listed three reasons why it has chosen to take this new direction:

  1. A shift to apprenticeships will widen our applicant pool from the narrow strata of university graduates, promoting social mobility.
  2. A more diverse workforce ultimately results in greater levels of creativity throughout our business.
  3. With the levy changes having no any upper age restriction, modern apprenticeships support continuous learning, providing opportunities for experienced employees.

“Here at AXA we strongly believe that one size does not fit all, and that talent comes from a wide range of applicants. Our decision to move away from traditional graduate schemes to apprenticeships has already proved to be a huge success, and I’m excited to announce that we will be launching dozens more opportunities throughout the year, starting at National Apprenticeship Week.”

— Lucinda Charles-Jones, Group HR Director, AXA UK & Ireland