Join the Zurich Apprenticeship Programme

Do you want to work for a global insurance leader and get the opportunity to learn from the top professionals in the industry? University isn't your only option and starting an apprenticeship with Zurich means you can begin your career and earn while you learn.

About the Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship in Insurance Practice is a programme that runs over three years, which on successful completion, will result in the apprentice receiving a BA honours degree (level 8) in Insurance Practice awarded through IT Sligo, the education provider for the programme. The Apprenticeship programme is based on an 'earn and learn' model and the cost of the course is fully funded by the Government while the employer covers the cost of the salary of the apprentice. This means that the apprentices will work full-time in a role in Wexford with one day a week on average set aside for formal learning, through a distance learning module.

What are we looking for?

At Zurich, our customer is at the heart of everything we do. So the ability to deliver excellent customer service is key. Our roles are challenging, so you need to be able to prioritise and manage varying workloads, handle pressure and build good relationships with your team. You'll need a willingness to learn and we want you to be passionate. Additionally, you must have the aptitude and commitment to continue learning and successfully attain professional qualifications. If you want to be a part of a dynamic work environment while being rewarded for your creativity, innovation and determination, starting your career with Zurich could be the right move for you.

Qualifying for the programme

There are three ways to qualify for the programme. For those under 23 you must have a minimum of two leaving cert honours, with a pass in Mathematics and English or Irish. For students who are over 23 on January 1st of the year of entry, interviews and other selection tools will be used to assess suitability, replacing the minimum requirements above. Learners who have a full FETAC level 5 qualification or higher will also be eligible to join the programme. At Zurich we reward our dedicated employees with a competitive starting salary, an annual performance-related bonus, a market-leading pension scheme and a wide range of insurance product discounts.

How to apply

There are four stages to the Apprenticeship selection and screening process and to qualify you must meet the criteria at each of the stages. You will be notified as you pass through each stage of the assessment process. Our Talent Acquisition team are here to answer your questions so feel free to reach out to us if you would like to receive any more information. Contact us on: 01 609 1339 / 086 145 4072 or email

Apply online, or come meet us on Tuesday May 9th from 11am until 1pm to hear more about the programme. We will also conduct CV tips & Interview tips clinics, at our Zurich Wexford Centre, Limekiln House, Drinagh, Co Wexford.

Stages Screening Process Date Due
1. Online Application Form To apply, upload a copy of your CV. To find the job ad search 'Zurich Ireland Apprenticeship 2017' in the keywords section. You must meet the minimum educational criteria (PDF) 24.04.17
2. Online Tests Complete the short online Ability Test. It will include multiple choice questions - numerical, verbal and cognitive reasoning. A link to the test will be emailed to you. Make sure you conduct the test in an environment that is free from distractions (*there are a number of free online practice tests available). 05.06.17
3. Video Interview Conduct a short competency based video interview (approximately 25 minutes, using your smart phone, ipad or laptop).We will assess your motivation for the role, as well as some competencies identified as important such as customer focus, initiative, problem solving, team-work and planning and organisational skills. You will receive tips on how to prepare for this and will have time to practice. You will just have one chance to record your response, so make sure you conduct the interview in an environment that is free from distractions. 11.06.17
4. Assessment On successful completion of the first three stages of the recruitment process, candidates will be called to attend an assessment at our centre in the Wexford office on the 24th June. 24.06.17

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