The accreditation means Elmfield will now deliver the technical certificate of the apprenticeship programme, covering subjects such as financial planning in the workplace, compliance and regulation, insurance options and sales processes.
Elmfield Group of Companies director for strategy Mark Corden says: “Elmfield has worked hard to understand the demands of both our existing customers and those of the future. We have had many enquiries for support with insurance-related programmes and are proud to be able to offer CII qualifications.”
Although the certification represents only one part of the retail financial services programme, CII relationship manager for further and higher education Caspar Bartington says the move “will greatly help meet the significant increase in apprenticeship demand from employers”.
According to Bartington, anyone who is not a university graduate can be an apprentice. He says: “That includes people already working in the insurance sector who may not have certificate-level qualifications or who may be working in a customer service role and want to develop more technical knowledge and understanding.”