A new educational game has been launched to convince Birmingham and Wolverhampton schoolchildren insurance is not a dull career choice.
Less than five per cent of school and university students view insurance as a career according to recent research – but the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) wants to change students’ perception of the sector and has launched an interactive board game called Discover Risk.
The game is aimed at 16-18 year olds and the team plans to visit schools around the county and run workshops to engage young people with practical examples of risk and danger.
The North East Wolverhampton Academy and Aston Manor are among the schools taking part in the West Midlands.
Meanwhile The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) is offering school leavers in Birmingham the opportunity to “earn while they learn” and train to work in its corporate banking division through its newly enhanced Accelerate development programme.
Recognising that many school leavers are choosing not to go to university, the bank’s two-year programme provides on-the-job training and the opportunity to pursue a career in the banking and finance industry on completion.
The programme has been enhanced to take double the number of applicants in 2011 and includes participation from more business areas within the corporate banking division.
Laura Dean, resourcing manager for the Accelerate programme, said: “At RBS we are keen to invest in talented and enterprising school leavers to help take the business forward.
“The Accelerate programme aims to do just this and offers young people the opportunity to continue learning, take steps towards securing a successful future career, and earn an income while they do so.”