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PROFESSIONAL TRAINEE SCHEME

"There’s so much variety within the role and I love the culture at NFU Mutual. They really care about their people – something that matches my values and is really important to me."

- Emily, Corporate Professional Trainee

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WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINEE SCHEME

Here at NFU Mutual, we've come a long way over the last 100 years and grown into a leading UK insurer. There's no great secret behind our success - it's thanks to our strong values, talented people and wholehearted commitment to excellent service. We are passionate about building on our strengths and continuing to nurture strong, trusted relationships with millions of customers. With ambitious plans ahead, we want find and develop great individuals who will help to lead us forward and shape our future. Which is exactly where our Professional Trainee Scheme comes in. Joining the scheme, you'll be empowered to own and grow your career, and given the support and opportunities you need to thrive.

First thing’s first: what is the Professional Trainee Scheme?

In short, it’s an investment in you and your career. Joining one of our business areas, you’ll gain a rewarding balance of on-the-job learning, hands-on experience and professional qualifications through a structured and insightful training programme. Over the length of your scheme, you’ll take on a number of different placements and activities in your chosen business area. Whichever scheme you choose, we’ll get you involved in high profile, live business projects with lots of opportunities to work with senior leaders. The programmes are designed to actively help you develop, and give you everything you need to shape a rewarding career. You’ll be supported at every step of your journey, with a dedicated buddy and mentor on hand to guide you, as well as a great network of current and previous trainees. We’ll sponsor you to complete a number of professional qualifications too, helping you sharpen up the skills you need to progress in your chosen career path.

What do I need to apply for the Professional Trainee Scheme?

Alongside a good degree, you’ll have an enthusiastic, positive nature and a proactive attitude – that’s really important. We’ll invest a lot into your development on the scheme, so we’ll need you to be ready to learn, get stuck in and grab hold of the challenges and opportunities that come your way. You pair ambition with a hard-working, driven approach and determination with excellent team working skills. Great with people, you’ll collaborate brilliantly with your teams and build strong working relationships at every level.

CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED SCHEME

One size doesn't fit all - not here anyway. We have a range of Professional Trainee Scheme paths available within our different business areas, to suit your ambitions and interests.

Customer Service Scheme

What is the Customer Service scheme all about?

Great customer service underpins everything we do. It’s the heart and soul of our business. We’ve won numerous awards for our personal, trusted, reliable approach – and it’s something we’re constantly looking to enhance even further. Your role on our Customer Service scheme will be instrumental. You’ll experience what it takes to run a highly successful customer service operation, and provide the financial products that millions of people rely on. You’ll take on a number of placements in different areas, both at Head Office and in our regionsYou’ll get hands-on insight into how our regions deliver to our customers and how Head Office functions support the regions in setting policies and delivering on strategy. Each placement will enable you to build valuable relationships and help you decide which exciting career path to take.

What kind of work will I get involved in and what opportunities will I have?

You’ll build up a strong knowledge of how our successful Claims and Underwriting functions operate across Head Office and our regions. With real responsibility and lots of exposure, you’ll get involved in and lead projects that add value to the business. We value your perspective and give you the opportunity to design and implement changes to our processes. You’ll have a buddy and mentor to support you and plentiful opportunities to build relationships with senior managers.

What training and qualifications will I have open to me?

We’re committed to your continuous development so throughout your placements, you will undertake training courses and have the opportunity to study towards qualifications such as the Advanced Diploma in Insurance (CII) and PRINCE2 (for project management).

Group Finance Scheme

What does the Group Finance scheme entail?

What better way to gain a broad and deep understanding of how a large Finance department operates than with our hands-on Group Finance scheme? Over three years, you’ll rotate across three diverse placements in areas such as Financial Reporting, Planning and Analysis. It’s a hugely valuable opportunity to build up a wealth of skills across integral areas of the organisation, and see how the department supports the business in achieving long term strategic objectives and investing for the future. We’ll also get you joining us when we visit industry conferences and events. By the end of the scheme, you’ll have a career in Finance built on the best foundations.

What kind of work will I get involved in and what opportunities will I have?

Each placement will be full of hands on experience, where you’ll gain a strong understanding of our Finance department and how we operate. We won’t hold you back from getting involved from the very start. You’ll take responsibility for some high profile work, with exposure to every level of the business. So there will be plenty of chances to work with our senior management.

What training and qualifications will I have open to me?

We invest in our people. We’ll support you with a structured programme so that you can gain even more professional training and qualifications too, such as Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA) qualifications and PRINCE2 (for project management).

IT & Business Management Scheme

What does the IT & Business Management scheme entail?

The role of IT is fundamental to the achievement of our strategic goals. And over the past few years, we’ve been through a major programme of change around our systems and we continue to ensure that we have the tools and technology in place to drive the business forward. Our IT & Business Management scheme is special, as it gives you the opportunity to gain a holistic view of the entire IT operation – from development and architecture to business analysis and project management. We’ve structured the three year scheme so that in the first seven months, you’ll complete short term placements to give you a broad understanding of different IT departments and how they work together. With this, you can then decide how you want to structure the rest of the time on your scheme, and gain deeper insight with longer term placements in areas you’re interested in.

What kind of work will I get involved in and what opportunities will I have?

Innovation is crucial to us and our IT business area is constantly evolving. Over your first seven months, you’ll gain a broad, fast-paced experience of our IT departments. This will put you in great steed to make informed decisions about where you spend your next placements. However it’s not all about your technical know-how and expertise, you will also build and manage meaningful supplier relationships and partner with different areas of the business. Naturally, throughout your time, you’ll build a strong support network and have the chance to work closely with senior managers. With over 17 placements options available, you’ll take on exciting, interesting projects and help to shape the future of our IT infrastructure.

What training and qualifications will be available to me?

We’re committed to your continuous development so throughout your placements we’ll offer professional training courses and support you to study towards qualifications. These include ITIL (for service management, business change, transformation and growth), the Certificate in Insurance (CII), and also PRINCE2 (for project management).

Marketing Scheme

What is the Marketing scheme all about?

How do we brand ourselves effectively to understand and reach out to customers? Joining our three year Marketing scheme, you’ll experience every aspect of a successful marketing operation. Your placements will cover working on proposition, development, branding, customer insight, marketing communications, digital marketing and events. Varied? Absolutely. Exciting? Incredibly.

What kind of work will I get involved in and what opportunities will I have?

We’re continuously improving the ways that we reach out and communicate with our customers, so you can look forward to invaluable responsibility in each of your placements and having the chance bring your ideas to the table. From working on the end-to-end delivery of interesting projects to taking ownership of key communication channels and designing strategies for their use, we’ll get you involved in every area of our marketing work. There may also be opportunities to attend industry events, meet customers first hand and collaborate with leading brand, marketing and research agencies.

What training and qualifications will I have open to me?

We’re committed to your continuous development so throughout your placements we’ll offer professional training courses and support you to study towards qualifications. These include the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualification, the Certificate in Insurance (CII) and also PRINCE2 (for project management).

Regional Sales and Agency Scheme

What does the Sales and Agency scheme entail?

We’re proud of our personal local service, and our agency network plays a key role in delivering this and driving the business forward to meet strategic goals. Getting stuck into the Regional Sales & Agency scheme, you’ll spend two years gaining experience that will be invaluable to the growth of your future career. You’ll be based in one of our regional sales teams, where you’ll become licensed to sell our products as you enjoy a structured development programme. Variety? There’ll be lots of that, you’ll enjoy different placements throughout your journey and have the opportunity to develop relationships with Head Office. And, of course, you will have our full support to help you shape a great career.

What can I expect to get involved with on the scheme?

Regardless of where you start, you’ll get involved from day one on real work with real impact. We’ll get you licensed to sell all of NFU Mutual’s products as soon as possible, so that you can jump straight into learning on the job. There’s a lot of exposure to senior management with us, and you’ll be given responsibility and accountability from the get go. You’ll gain a wealth of hands on experience, backed up with solid technical knowledge to make you an astounding part of our business.

What training and qualifications will I have open to me?

With NFU Mutual, we want you to truly develop and go further. That’s why you’ll be supported to gain industry recognised professional qualifications. With us, you can work towards your Certificate in Insurance (CII), gaining the Advanced Diploma in Insurance by the end of your placement.

Corporate Insurance Scheme

What is the Corporate Insurance scheme all about?

Our Corporate Insurance scheme is based in our Group Corporate Business division and looks after our highest value customers – with policies ranging from £75,000 to over £11 million – including household names within the food and drink, and retail sectors. We take the time to develop each and every customer relationship, providing general insurance sales, underwriting and claims services for our largest clients and most complex risks.

Whether it’s helping us to explore and expand our offering into new industries (we’ve ambitious growth plans!), developing the use of technology to enhance what we do, or evolving our strategic partnerships, you’ll find there are plenty of exciting opportunities for you to input on the future of NFU Mutual.

What kind of work will I get involved in and what opportunities will I have?

You can look forward to hands-on exposure and exciting work as you rotate through a number of different placements – including Sales, Claims and Underwriting – and gain exposure to our wider sales distribution channels. It’s insightful, varied and dynamic. With a dedicated mentor and a great support network including past and present Professional Trainees, you’ll have everything you need to develop a rewarding career as part of an exciting, expanding division within our business.  

What training and qualifications will I have open to me?

We’re committed to your continuous development and throughout your placements we’ll offer professional training courses and support you to study towards qualifications, such as Advanced Diploma in Insurance (CII) and Prince2 (for Project Management).

Human Resources Scheme

What is the Human Resources scheme all about?

From recruitment to employee relations, our Human Resources department plays an integral part in the success of NFU Mutual. During our Human Resources scheme, you’ll gain fantastic insight into how we look after and develop our people, and how departments contribute to our long-term objectives. Over three years, you’ll take on various placements within the Human Resource division, including: Human Resources, Learning & Organisational Development and Group Programme Management – each with its own challenges and a wealth of opportunities. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain insight and experience of working with a leading UK insurance company, to build valuable networks and learn all you need to shape a career you can be proud of.

What kind of work will I get involved in and what opportunities will I have?

From leading projects to working in different regional offices, you can look forward to on-the-job learning, interesting work, and great exposure to senior managers and key stakeholders across your three placements. In your Group Programme Management placement, you’ll experience how we manage large scale projects, working in partnership with different areas of the business. As part of your HR and Learning & Organisational Development placements, we’ll develop your knowledge of HR practices, how we look after our people and what makes NFU Mutual an award-winning place to work (in 2016 we received a Gallup Great Workplace Award).

What training and qualifications will I have open to me?

We’re committed to your continuous development and throughout your placements we’ll offer professional training courses and support you to study towards qualifications, such as the CIPD Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, the Certificate in Insurance (CII) and PRINCE2 (for project management).

Underwriting and Pricing Scheme

What is the Underwriting and Pricing scheme all about?

Our Underwriting and Pricing division is a strategic business unit within NFU Mutual which manages our underwriting appetite, prices all of our products and manages the financial performance of our products. Ours is a pricing strategy based on delivering back to our members. It’s a strategy, a philosophy, which works – for our customers and for our business: last year we made an underwriting profit for the fourth year running. Joining our Underwriting and Pricing scheme, you’ll undertake various placements across the business where you’ll find there are plenty of exciting opportunities for you to help us grow the future of NFU Mutual.

What kind of work will I get involved in and what opportunities will I have?

Delivering projects and change initiatives, you’ll enable real business whilst developing your leadership, judgement and decision-making skills. Whilst you’ll be primarily based in our Risk Selection and Performance Management teams, you’ll also rotate through different areas, including Underwriting Strategy & Control, Pricing and Reinsurance. And you’ll undertake a placement in one of our front line Regional Underwriting teams, too.

What training and qualifications will I have open to me?

We’re committed to your continuous development and throughout your placements we’ll offer professional training courses and support you to study towards qualifications, such as the ACII (Chartered Institute of Insurance) qualification and PRINCE2 Practitioner (Project Management qualification).

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Applications for our 2017 intake are now closed. Every year, we look forward to taking on new trainees and watching them grow and develop into amazing, integral parts of our organisation. If you're looking for incredible support and opportunities and you'd like to build a career on solid foundations, look no further.

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