Lights, camera, action…The Insurance Apprentice begins

With much anticipation, the filming of The Insurance Apprentice has begun. Set to be an intense five day learning experience, the competition will see six apprentices; Aaron Mrabalala, Azhar Said, Matthew George, Mopedi Melato, Roxanne Moodley and Walter Ngobene battle it out to be crowned the winner.

The winner will walk away with a fantastic prize of a trip to Lloyds of London, sponsored by Lloyds of London with some pocket money sponsored by Fulcrum.

With competition that will be played at its best, the apprentices face a challenging week of tasks and intense grilling from the panellists, as they try to mark their spot and prove that they are the best.


The apprentices will offer a short insight into why they believe they should be crowned the winner by being given the chance to showcase their skills through a variety of tasks within the market such as underwriting, broking and claims management.

Through these tasks, panellists will test their industry knowledge, resourcefulness, determination and creativity in order to ultimately decide their fate and also see them taken out of their comfort zones.

As Carel Nolte, Investor in insurance, businesses and people, and currently the Head of Brand at Fulcrum and the Purple Group, who will be instrumental in the process throughout the week stated, “with the very nature of the competition we are reminded that these apprentices are each other’s enemies.”

Stay tuned

The unique video series which is being hosted at the FNB Conference Training Centre will be aired in March via the FAnews and The Insurance Apprentice websites, and the winner will become the first South African Insurance Apprentice.

The Insurance Apprentice winner will also be sponsored by the Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA) to attend The Insurance Conference in July.

One of the six participants will also get the privilege of being sponsored a full qualification of Higher Certificate in Short-Term Insurance (NQF 5) from Milpark. All study fees and study material will be included in the prize for the winner. The winner will start with the qualification in July for a minimum of one year.

Supporting skills development 

To make this possible we have sponsors who support us whole heartedly. The Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA) also supports us and has endorsed this initiative from the beginning. This industry first would not have been possible without our sponsors, and we are greatful in many ways for each of them. The official sponsors are: Alexander Forbes, AON, Aquarius Underwriting Managers (AUM), Europ Assistance, FNB Insurance, Fulcrum, Hollard, Innovation Group, Inseta, Lloyds of London, Marsh South Africa, Milpark, MUA, Mutual & Federal, Norton Rose Fulbright, PWV Insurance Brokers and Stalker Hutchison Admiral (SHA). Sponsorships vary from programme sponsors to legal, stationary, venue, social media and prize sponsors.

These companies are proud to show their commitment to The Insurance Apprentice through supporting the skills development of young industry representatives and helping them prepare for a rewarding future, and at the same time showcasing our industry to a much bigger audience.

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Editor’s Thoughts:
With an exciting week ahead, I am full of anticipation to see how the week unravels and how the apprentices play out their given tasks. It will be interesting to watch the apprentices interact, not to mention that this is a battle field, therefore with this in mind and the very nature of the competition we are reminded that these apprentices are each other’s enemies. More so, it will be interesting to see these competitive streaks, full blown attitudes and senses of humour set the tone for much more stiff competition. Please comment below, interact with us on Twitter at @fanews_online or email me your thoughts

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