The success of a pilot work experience programme connecting young people with the insurance industry has been celebrated with an awards ceremony.

American International Group (AIG) led the programme last month to give 16 to 17-year-olds from five inner-city London schools first-hand exposure to the daily tasks that insurance employees face.

Helen Brown, head of operations for Multinational, who organised the programme, says the aim of the pilot was “to help less advantaged youngsters raise their ambitions in connection with their future prospects, and to help them aim and prepare for university by making informed choices”.

Students took part in activities that ranged from a “discover risk” game to building interpersonal skills, group insurance simulation exercises and a project presentation before AIG executives.

Adam Martin-Freed, 16, from The Petchey Academy in Hackney, who won an individual contribution award, says the day was an eye-opener.

“I used to think insurance was boring, but now I think I could actually make a career out of it,” he says.


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