Gabrielle Miller and Lucy Fox are insurance apprentices at AXA Insurance in Bolton. They both started in 2014 and are now Commercial Underwriters. Both Gabby and Lucy started on a level 3 certificate in providing financial services and have now progressed onto the level 4 diploma in insurance.

They recently took part in one of our WebinApp sessions, where they delivered a webinar to other young people about starting a career in the finance industry. This was a great success as it gave individuals, who are looking at their options, a chance to ask questions to real life apprentices!

Gabrielle said:  “I always knew I wanted to be in the financial services industry, since studying maths, economics and business A levels at college. I knew there were apprenticeships routes in this sector so I didn’t think it was worth going to university and getting into debt.

In my role, each day I look at new enquiries from insurance brokers for business insurance from a building company to food manufacturers. I also assess the risk and make terms and conditions to secure the business.

I wish to work my way up the company and become a manager while continuing to study my CII qualifications.”

Lucy said: “I wasn’t 100% sure about going to university but I still wanted to continue studying so I thought getting an apprenticeship would be the best step. I thought it was a great idea to study whilst also earning a salary.

I am given a lot of support and training by doing regular workshops, technical training on underwriting and sales and dealing with customers training.”