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6 Month Apprenticeship Update – Harry Attwood, Trainee Underwriter


As I knew I wanted to work in the insurance industry as my career I decided that I wanted to join an apprenticeship scheme rather than attend university. Instead of studying a subject for 3-4 years that wouldn’t really benefit me in my future career, I wanted to use the time constructively to get ahead and be part qualified before others that were leaving university to also enter the field.

The insurance industry seemed a good fit because after doing some work experience within the insurance industry I really enjoyed the interaction between the underwriter and the broker and I was keen to learn more. I also like the fact that insurance could go from my car insurance to the biggest companies in the world like amazon and Microsoft insuring their products.

There are a number of reasons why I applied for the Clegg Gifford apprenticeship, these include:

  • A structured 3-year programme
  • Cert CII & Dip CII paid for by Clegg Gifford
  • External training to help with the exams
  • Given study time to prepare for exams
  • In house mentoring
  • Training to become an Underwriter
  • Good prospects when the apprenticeship is completed


When I joined the apprenticeship scheme we were all encourage to start working towards our Cert CII qualification. We straight away got working towards our fist exam which was IF1, this encompassed insurance, legal and regulatory principles. Sessions were set up on a weekly basis and since starting this I have passed my IF1 exam. I am now working towards my second out of the three exams IF2 which is about general insurance business. Once I have completed all 3 exams I will be Cert CII qualified and then I will start working towards my Dip CII.

My current role involves me quoting and processing mid-term adjustments that have been requested from brokers on to our policy administration system. When I joined Clegg Gifford, my first role was in the Motor Trade department where I was taught how to process new business on to our policy administration system. After I successfully learnt this area of the business, I was moved on to processing both Motor trade and other products including Family Fleet, Private Car and Taxi.

Once I had perfected these other products, I was then moved on to processing diary post which involved me having to chase licences, no claims bonuses, proof of addresses. Subsequently, I was moved on to processing mid-term adjustments, this involved me having to make an amendment at the request of the broker to the existing policy which we have previously underwritten.

Over the next two years I would like to have completed both my Cert CII and my Dip CII qualifications and start working towards the ACII. I would also like to be a fully qualified Underwriter within Clegg Gifford quoting new business and working as part of the London market team.

If you would like to follow my progress through the CII and Clegg Gifford, please connect with me on LinkedIn!


For more information on our Apprenticeship Scheme please click here for details on how to apply.

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