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National Apprenticeship Week – 8-12 February 2021

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Apprenticeships aren’t just for young people starting their careers. At Aviva, our apprenticeship schemes suit people from all walks of life – school leavers, colleagues reinventing their careers or those looking to deepen existing skills.

Aviva currently has 252 apprentices, and in total has funded 542 apprentices aged 17-69 across its UK business since the UK Government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017.

The theme for this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is ‘Build the Future’ and celebrates how apprenticeships help employers and people of all ages and backgrounds build their careers.

Aviva’s business requires a diverse range of skills. We currently use 41 apprenticeship standards, which show the work an apprentice will do and the skills they’ll need. These focus on core insurance skills such as underwriting and actuarial, and developing new skills such as digital and analytics. 

"Apprenticeships are a great way to learn both for people carving out their very first career or for those looking to equip themselves with new skills."

Sophie Gray, Apprenticeships Lead at Aviva, said: “We’re passionate about our people and want them to be able to learn in the way that best supports them in their career, whatever point in life that may be.  Apprenticeships are a great way to learn both for people carving out their very first career or for those looking to equip themselves with new skills or a new challenge at Aviva.

“The ability to learn while you earn is highly motivating for ambitious people and we’re really proud that many of our apprentices have continued their learning with a second apprenticeship with some securing promotion as a result.”

"Our apprentices get a proper salary and are involved with real projects pretty much from day one."

Danny Harmer, Aviva’s Chief People Officer, said: “At Aviva, we work together to think 'what would make things easier for our customers?'. Our apprentices get a proper salary and are involved with real projects pretty much from day one.”


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Notes to editors:

  • For information on how Aviva is helping our people, customers and communities impacted by COVID-19 visit: www.aviva.com/covid-19-our-response/
  • We exist to be with people when it really matters, throughout their lives – to help them make the most of life. We have been taking care of people for more than 320 years, in line with our purpose of being ‘with you today, for a better tomorrow’.
  • In 2020, we paid £30.6 billion in claims and benefits to our customers. 
  • Aviva is invested in our people, our customers, our communities and our planet. In 2021, we announced our plan to become a Net Zero carbon emissions company by 2040, the most demanding target of any major insurance company in the world. This plan means Net Zero carbon emissions from our investments by 2040; setting out a clear pathway to get there with a cut of 25% in the carbon intensity of our investments by 2025 and of 60% by 2030; and Net Zero carbon emissions from our own operations and supply chain by 2030. Aviva has been leading this agenda for decades: Aviva was the first international insurer to go operationally carbon neutral in 2006 and we are champions of renewable energy and energy storage at our offices, allowing us to achieve our 2030 carbon reduction target (70% reduction on 2010 levels) 10 years early. Find out more about our climate goals at www.aviva.com/climate-goals and our sustainability ambition at www.aviva.com/sustainability.
  • Aviva is a Living Wage and Living Hours employer and provides market-leading benefits for our people, including flexible working, paid carers leave and equal parental leave. Find out more at www.aviva.com/social-purpose
  • We are focused on the UK, Ireland and Canada where we have leading market positions and significant potential. We will invest for growth in these markets. Our international businesses in Europe and Asia will be managed for long-term shareholder value. We will also transform our performance and improve our efficiency. Our transformation will be underpinned by managing our balance sheet prudently, reducing debt and increasing our financial resilience.
  • Total group assets under management at Aviva group are £535 billion and our Solvency II capital surplus is £13.0 billion (FY20). Our shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and we are a member of the FTSE 100 index.
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