Thursday 21st June 2012
Be Wiser Insurance

As the recession continues, it’s not the easiest time to enter the world of work. But young people in Hampshire are set to benefit from a new career scheme being launched by an Andover based independent insurance broker.

New for 2012, Be Wiser Insurance has introduced its Surestart Development Programme and is on the lookout for sixth form and college leavers who are interested in a career in the insurance industry.

Run by its established Training Academy, the three year programme offers A level students (with a minimum of three B’s) the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of the functions within the general insurance business.

Through comprehensive training, genuine responsibility and personal mentor support, the scheme will give candidates the chance to gain the competence and confidence to shape a career in the insurance industry while working within a successful broker.

Within its five years of business, the FSA regulated company has been ranked 13th in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 in 2011 and it also appears in the Top 10 UK Brokers. Acting for the majority of the largest UK based insurance companies, Be Wiser Insurance represents over 30 household names including Zurich, Aviva, AXA and Ageas.

Successful candidates will enjoy a package that includes an earning potential of up to £18,000 a year, a minimum of 10 hours of tutorial time per week, an uncapped performance bonus on top of monthly earnings and other professional development throughout the three year period.

At the end of the three years they should have achieved a highly recognised insurance qualification from the Chartered Insurance Institute to ACII level, which is the equivalent of a degree and would typically take three to five years to complete. The fast track scheme will also provide them with three years of solid insurance experience and they will receive ongoing in-house management and leadership development thereafter.

Be Wiser Insurance’s chairman Mark Bower-Dyke said: “Be Wiser Insurance has always had a strong commitment to staff training and development, so the introduction of this Surestart Development Programme seemed the next logical step.

“This new scheme isn’t just about getting a qualification – it will give successful candidates the required knowledge and capabilities to succeed in the competitive business world while working within the company and earning a salary. More importantly, they won’t have to deal with debts from university fees and student loans at the end of the three year period.

“I chose the insurance industry on leaving education and I’d recommend it to anyone. We’d urge A level students across Hampshire to get in touch.”

The 2012-15 programme starts in September and October 2012 and assessment days are being held on Tuesday 17th July, Thursday 2nd August and Wednesday 22nd August. Candidates can apply by emailing

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Notes to editors:

  • Be Wiser Insurance is a fast growing success story during a time of economic difficulty
  • Be Wiser Insurance is an independent insurance brokerage with four offices in Andover, Hampshire
  • Be Wiser Insurance focuses mainly on personal lines insurance – private car, motorcycle, commercial vehicle and household insurance
  • Be Wiser Insurance is FSA registered
  • Be Wiser Insurance commenced trading in July 2007
  • Be Wiser Insurance currently has over 110,000 clients
  • Be Wiser Insurance works with over 30 mainly UK ‘household name’ insurance companies, including Zurich, Aviva, AXA and Ageas
  • In December 2011, Be Wiser Insurance was placed 13th in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 which champions the UK’s top performing private companies
  • Be Wiser Insurance appears in the Top 10 UK Brokers
  • Be Wiser Insurance has been awarded Investors in People status
  • Be Wiser Insurance has introduced several key features to all policy holders:
  • - Free RAC breakdown cover for all motor clients (cars, vans, motorcycles)
  • - Free Helmet & Leathers cover for all motorcycle clients
  • - Free Identity Theft cover for all homeowners
  • - Free , Gadget, Handbag and Wallet cover for all motor clients (cars, vans, motorcycles)
  • For additional information on Be Wiser Insurance please visit:
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