A young Wexford man is encouraging other young people to consider following an apprenticeship path…
Wexford native, Cian Doyle, is currently in his 2nd year of the Earn & Learn Apprenticeship programme.
The 3 year programme allows participants to earn a full-time salary while studying one day per week for a Degree in Insurance Practice.
As part of the programme, Cian is working with Zurich Insurance in Wexford and is encouraging people of all ages in Wexford, whether they are school leavers, graduates, career switchers or returners to consider the programme.
Cian told Wexford Weekly why he went down this path:
“I love solving problems so the nature of the job really appealed to me. The Zurich Insurance apprenticeship as part of the Earn & Learn programme was highly recommended to me by other people I know working in the industry. And the fact that you can ‘earn as you learn’ was a tremendous support to me starting out on my career.”
The programme attracts a balance of male (48%) and female (53% – the largest female representation in an apprenticeship) and also in the class of 22, ages range from 18 – 49yrs.
It’s something that Cian has enjoyed to date, and he is calling on others to explore this avenue:
“When you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll have three year’s work experience behind you, and a degree and a professional qualification. This foundation will accelerate your career in the insurance industry or whatever avenue you wish to explore professionally in the future. If you enjoy working with people and solving problems for customers, then this is the right career path for you,” he said.
The programme is now open for applicants of all ages from across the country for Sept 23. The minimum entry requirements include two honours in higher level subjects in the Leaving Cert and a pass in four additional subjects including English/Irish and Maths. Alternatively, if applicants are over 23, interviews or other selection criteria may be used. Visit www.earandlearn.ie for further details
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