Zurich UK has become the latest high-profile brand to open its own data academy as part of the finance giant’s plans to put data at the heart of its business and equip staff with skills for the future.
The academy, which is open to candidates from across different areas of Zurich’s UK business including underwriting, claims, IT and HR, is being developed in partnership with Arch Apprenticeships powered by Avado.
The 18-month apprenticeship scheme will feature a mix of face to face sessions, online study, hackathons and individual work based projects.
Zurich’s data academy apprentices will get the opportunity to apply learning in their roles, developing their skills to use data to benefit customers. This includes keeping personal data safe and using insights to help Zurich to deliver new solutions beyond insurance, such as smart services for people’s homes and to improve health and wellbeing.
Data, as a key discipline in the insurance jobs market, has seen rapid development, with the teams sitting under Zurich’s chief data officer growing from 12 to 120 in the last three years.
Zurich UK chief data officer Anita Fernqvist, who has overseen the growth of her department from 12 people to a team of over 120 in the past three years, said: “Data sits at the very core of any insurance business. Zurich has roles ranging from development, architecture, data science, artificial intelligence and customer insight analysis to name but a few.
"The data academy is a fantastic opportunity to support and grow our talent in an ever expanding and exciting field.”
Successful candidates will complete a Level 4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship and British Computer Society Diploma in Data Analysis and EMC Proven Professional Data Scientist Associate (EMCDSA) certification.
Avado chairman Rob Devey added: “Having led a number of large financial services businesses, I appreciate the challenges of becoming a data driven organisation, but also the massive opportunities presented to those bold enough to take that step. Zurich [are] equipping their people to respond to today’s business and customer needs and I would encourage more businesses to think like them.”