You’ll be joining one of the industry’s most respected and influential actuarial teams – one that advises on and innovates our financial strategy, not only across the UK, but our businesses overseas as well. Actuaries paint a picture of the future with numbers. Experts in risk management, they use their mathematical skills to measure the probability of future events. And here at Aviva, those measurements predict how our life, pensions and general insurance products will fare, and how well our own IT, marketing and business operations will work. Their decisions affect Aviva’s reported profits to the tune of millions of pounds. So securing the best possible actuarial talent is the key to our success.


We have various openings for Trainee Actuaries based right in the centre of the General Insurance headquarters in Norwich.


What’s actuarial all about?

The basis for actuarial science – working out how much resource is needed to cope with a given outcome – can be traced back to ancient times. And since then, mathematics and business theory have helped to advance simple calculations to form the very foundation of the insurance industry. In our General Insurance operations, actuaries are responsible for making sure that we always have enough money in the bank whilst setting the prices for millions of different policyholders across a spectrum of products. So it goes without saying that a single decision they make can have a major financial impact.


In short, businesses and families everywhere rely on the work of our actuaries to protect their interests and grow their wealth.

What will you be doing?

As an actuarial trainee, you’ll experience the workings of a successful insurance company while getting stuck in and being encouraged to share your analysis from day one. You’ll typically get involved in the analysis of future financial events, or even the assessment of the weather and the impact of storms or floods – drawing real-world conclusions from the analysis and presenting practical solutions to senior managers. We'll be quick to call on you for advice on a whole range of issues. And once you've proved yourself, you'll find opportunities quickly come your way - in your team, around the office and in other parts of the world.


Which professional qualification will you gain?

We’ll sponsor you to study for the UK Actuarial exams. Once qualified you’ll become a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (the oldest such actuarial institute in the world, formed in 1848). A global profession with internationally-recognised qualifications; to be an actuary is to be highly regarded. But more than that, it’s one of the most diverse, exciting and rewarding careers in the world. One that carries quite a reputation.


What are we looking for?

You won't be surprised to learn that the core skill we need is numeracy.  You’ll need to be expecting to achieve an ‘A’ grade at A-Level maths and 340+ UCAS points.  But we're looking for a lot more than that. Confidence and communication skills are key, as is the determination to develop a long-term career within the Aviva actuarial function.

You’ll be joining one of the industry's most renowned underwriting teams – one that creates, develops and manages the personal and commercial underwriting and pricing strategy across our UK business. They set the prices for personal insurance (motor, home, travel and other personal products) and commercial insurance (property, liability and motor) and make financial decisions on the levels of risk Aviva will insure against. Excellent underwriting is what makes the difference between being a profitable business or one that pays out more in claims than it earns in revenue.


For our 2014 intake we will have openings across the UK for Trainee Trading Underwriters – with opportunities available in each of these Commercial Trading Hubs: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Exeter, Southampton, Croydon, Manchester, Glasgow, Perth, Worthing, Liverpool, Leicester and Belfast.


What’s underwriting all about?

The act of underwriting has been around for hundreds of years. The name comes from the Lloyd’s of London insurance market. Insurers would accept some of the risk on a given venture (historically a sea voyage with risks of shipwreck) in exchange for a premium. They would literally write their names under the risk information on a Lloyd’s slip created for this purpose.
As a company, we assess risks on almost everything from  your car or home, right up to iconic buildings such as  the Gherkin and Canary Wharf Tower. In fact we insure everything from motorcycles to caravans,  holidays to healthcare, fire to flood , personal accidents to family life cover. Each has its own set of risks. It’s our underwriters’ job to understand exactly what they are and if we want to accept them in exchange for the customer’s premium.


Every member of the underwriting team knows what they do isn't just about numbers. They understand that what they do helps people put things right when they go wrong, and even brings some stability when the worst comes to the worst. It's a powerful reason for getting out of bed in the morning.

What will you be doing?

You’ll have a fantastic opportunity not only to build your technical skills, but to meet both brokers and customers face to face. You’ll get all the training you need to develop your knowledge of insurance products while learning how to assess risk and underwrite various classes of business. You can choose to specialise in a specific field – like motor, life or property – later on. As you develop you’ll begin to trade on larger cases and become key to helping the team develop new opportunities.


Which professional qualification will you gain?

We’ll sponsor you to study for the Chartered Institute of Insurance (CII) exams. You’ll aim to gain the Diploma within two years and the Advanced Diploma within four years.
The CII is the premier professional organisation for those working in the insurance and financial services industry. An Advanced Diploma gives you status and credibility and is your passport to a fulfilling career as a manager or technical specialist. It also means initials after your name.


What are we looking for?

You won't be surprised to learn that the core skill we need is numeracy. So your 300+ UCAS points will need to show you’re strong with numbers. But we're looking for a lot more than that. Confidence and flexibility are key, as is the determination to develop a long-term career in the insurance industry. As you’ll ultimately be helping deliver tailored solutions for customers on large cases and schemes, you’ll need to be creative too so you can come up with ways to differentiate our response from the rest of the market.

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You’ll be joining one of the industry’s most respected and influential actuarial teams – one that advises on and innovates our financial strategy, not only across the UK, but our businesses overseas as well. Actuaries paint a picture of the future with numbers. Experts in risk management, they use their mathematical skills to measure the probability of future events. And here at Aviva, those measurements predict how our life, pensions and general insurance products will fare, and how well our own IT, marketing and business operations will work. Their decisions affect Aviva’s reported profits to the tune of millions of pounds. So securing the best possible actuarial talent is the key to our success.


We have various openings for Trainee Actuaries based right in the centre of the General Insurance headquarters in Norwich.


What’s actuarial all about?

The basis for actuarial science – working out how much resource is needed to cope with a given outcome – can be traced back to ancient times. And since then, mathematics and business theory have helped to advance simple calculations to form the very foundation of the insurance industry. In our General Insurance operations, actuaries are responsible for making sure that we always have enough money in the bank whilst setting the prices for millions of different policyholders across a spectrum of products. So it goes without saying that a single decision they make can have a major financial impact.


In short, businesses and families everywhere rely on the work of our actuaries to protect their interests and grow their wealth.

What will you be doing?

As an actuarial trainee, you’ll experience the workings of a successful insurance company while getting stuck in and being encouraged to share your analysis from day one. You’ll typically get involved in the analysis of future financial events, or even the assessment of the weather and the impact of storms or floods – drawing real-world conclusions from the analysis and presenting practical solutions to senior managers. We'll be quick to call on you for advice on a whole range of issues. And once you've proved yourself, you'll find opportunities quickly come your way - in your team, around the office and in other parts of the world.


Which professional qualification will you gain?

We’ll sponsor you to study for the UK Actuarial exams. Once qualified you’ll become a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (the oldest such actuarial institute in the world, formed in 1848). A global profession with internationally-recognised qualifications; to be an actuary is to be highly regarded. But more than that, it’s one of the most diverse, exciting and rewarding careers in the world. One that carries quite a reputation.


What are we looking for?

You won't be surprised to learn that the core skill we need is numeracy.  You’ll need to be expecting to achieve an ‘A’ grade at A-Level maths and 340+ UCAS points.  But we're looking for a lot more than that. Confidence and communication skills are key, as is the determination to develop a long-term career within the Aviva actuarial function.

You’ll be joining one of the industry's most renowned underwriting teams – one that creates, develops and manages the personal and commercial underwriting and pricing strategy across our UK business. They set the prices for personal insurance (motor, home, travel and other personal products) and commercial insurance (property, liability and motor) and make financial decisions on the levels of risk Aviva will insure against. Excellent underwriting is what makes the difference between being a profitable business or one that pays out more in claims than it earns in revenue.


For our 2014 intake we will have openings across the UK for Trainee Trading Underwriters – with opportunities available in each of these Commercial Trading Hubs: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Exeter, Southampton, Croydon, Manchester, Glasgow, Perth, Worthing, Liverpool, Leicester and Belfast.


What’s underwriting all about?

The act of underwriting has been around for hundreds of years. The name comes from the Lloyd’s of London insurance market. Insurers would accept some of the risk on a given venture (historically a sea voyage with risks of shipwreck) in exchange for a premium. They would literally write their names under the risk information on a Lloyd’s slip created for this purpose.
As a company, we assess risks on almost everything from  your car or home, right up to iconic buildings such as  the Gherkin and Canary Wharf Tower. In fact we insure everything from motorcycles to caravans,  holidays to healthcare, fire to flood , personal accidents to family life cover. Each has its own set of risks. It’s our underwriters’ job to understand exactly what they are and if we want to accept them in exchange for the customer’s premium.


Every member of the underwriting team knows what they do isn't just about numbers. They understand that what they do helps people put things right when they go wrong, and even brings some stability when the worst comes to the worst. It's a powerful reason for getting out of bed in the morning.

What will you be doing?

You’ll have a fantastic opportunity not only to build your technical skills, but to meet both brokers and customers face to face. You’ll get all the training you need to develop your knowledge of insurance products while learning how to assess risk and underwrite various classes of business. You can choose to specialise in a specific field – like motor, life or property – later on. As you develop you’ll begin to trade on larger cases and become key to helping the team develop new opportunities.


Which professional qualification will you gain?

We’ll sponsor you to study for the Chartered Institute of Insurance (CII) exams. You’ll aim to gain the Diploma within two years and the Advanced Diploma within four years.
The CII is the premier professional organisation for those working in the insurance and financial services industry. An Advanced Diploma gives you status and credibility and is your passport to a fulfilling career as a manager or technical specialist. It also means initials after your name.


What are we looking for?

You won't be surprised to learn that the core skill we need is numeracy. So your 300+ UCAS points will need to show you’re strong with numbers. But we're looking for a lot more than that. Confidence and flexibility are key, as is the determination to develop a long-term career in the insurance industry. As you’ll ultimately be helping deliver tailored solutions for customers on large cases and schemes, you’ll need to be creative too so you can come up with ways to differentiate our response from the rest of the market.

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About the Aviva Apprentice Programme

A real job from day one. An industry-recognised, professional qualification in three or four years, depending on the career path you choose. Long-term prospects within the one of the world’s biggest insurance groups. It all adds up to a career that rivals anything a degree might bring you. Plus, with a decent salary right from the start, you’ll be off to a great start.

We want to grow our own subject experts. So we’ve created a number of opportunities in a range of locations across the country for high-achieving, self-motivated school or college leavers. If you’re keen to learn constantly, become valuable quickly and take responsibility for driving your own future, one of them could be perfect for you.

We will always need experts. People who know key areas like Underwriting and Actuarial Science inside out. So we’ve created our Apprentice Programme to help develop them.

For school and college leavers it’s a great alternative to university. This is what you can look forward to whichever career path you decide is right for you.

  • A real job from day one – which means real responsibility, plenty of variety and client contact.

  • Support to gain a professional qualification that has industry-wide recognition.

  • Your own mentor, buddy and career manager/coach to help you learn on the job.

  • Workplace learning and structured off-the-job training to help you build skills and experience

  • a starting salary of £15,000 for our Underwriting programme and £18,900 for Actuarial programme which will rise year on year as you complete your exams. In fact,you could be earning a salary in line with someone joining on our graduate scheme’ – but you’ll already have vital professional qualifications under your belt.

  • A joining bonus of £500 (net). So if you need to spruce up your business wardrobe, invest in a travel card or splash out on driving lessons, you’ll have cash at the ready. After that, you’ll be eligible for our annual bonus scheme, which is based on overall company performance for the year.

  • Help to build your own network and community through coordinated skills development and Corporate Responsibility events.

  • Help to build your own network and community through coordinated skills development and Corporate Responsibility events.

  • A thoroughly structured induction that will help you kickstart your career with Aviva and introduce you to your fellow apprentices

  • Opportunities to shadow work in other departments so you can build a broader understanding of our business.

  • Responsibility for driving your own career progression plus excellent long-term prospects with a brand name that’s known all over the world.

About you

  • 1

    Are you looking for the chance to build something long-term, and get support to learn the technical skills you need to build a career in the insurance industry?

  • 2

    Are you ready to be customer focused and see how Aviva helps change people’s lives and makes a difference by being there when our customers need us most?

  • 3

    Are you prepared to invest time and effort to study for professional qualifications relevant to your role?

  • 4

    Do your attitude and your personal values reflect Aviva’s customer principles, and will they come through in the way you approach your work?

All sorts of people work for Aviva. And we’re proud that our workforce is so diverse. In fact we encourage everyone who works for us to express their own personalities and make the most of their individual talents. Having said that though, there are some very specific things we’ll look for in our new Apprentices.

Firstly, you’ll need to convince us you’ll be able to get the professional qualification we plan to sponsor you through. So a strong academic record and an aptitude for learning are vital. For our Underwriting programme you must have, or expect, a minimum of 300 UCAS points (that's equivalent to 3 A-Level or Scottish Advanced Highers at Grade B). For our Actuarial programme you must have, or expect, a minimum of 340 UCAS points as well as a Grade A at A Level Maths. There’ll be some hard work to get your teeth into but as you progress, so will your pay.


Secondly, we’re after people who are ready to embrace our principles and fit our organisational culture. The better you can do that, the more you’ll thrive.

Hear from our Apprentices

Hear from our Apprentices

Find out about the work, the culture, the training and the prospects from those who know all about it first-hand: the people you could be working alongside.

What's in it for you?

You’ll start off on a salary of £15,000 for our Underwriting programme and £18,900 for our Actuarial programme which will rise year on year as you complete your exams. In fact, by the time you have been with us for four years, there’s every chance you’ll be on a similar salary to someone joining our graduate scheme – but importantly you’ll already have vital professional qualifications under your belt.

As an Aviva Apprentice, you’ll join us on a permanent contract. You’ll have a permanent role as an Underwriter or an Actuary (depending on which career path you choose) right from the start and will be well on your way to a career with Aviva and the opportunities that will bring.

If you join our Underwriting programme we’ll sponsor you to study for the Chartered Institute of Insurance (CII) exams. You’ll aim to gain the Diploma within two years and the Advanced Diploma within four.

The CII is the premier professional organisation for those working in the insurance and financial services industry. An Advanced Diploma gives you status and credibility and is your passport to a fulfilling career as a manager or technical specialist. It also means initials after your name.

If you join our Actuarial programme we’ll sponsor you to study for the UK Actuarial exams. Once qualified you’ll become a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (the oldest such actuarial institute in the world, formed in 1848). A global profession with internationally-recognised qualifications, to be an actuary is to be highly regarded.

Yes. All teaching sessions for your courses will be during the working week. Although you’ll need to spend some time studying on your own, we’ll also give you a number of study days each year so you have enough time to complete your coursework and prepare for your exams. The great news is that this study leave is on top of your annual holiday so you won’t have to eat in to that.

What makes us different is that, despite our size, we work hard to recognise the individual needs of every one of our customers. Why? To help us achieve our goal – to be the most recommended insurer in the UK. You can find out more about what it’s like at Aviva on the Working here page.

Wherever we can, we’ll arrange for you to meet up informally with members of your team before you start. We’ll put you in contact with other Apprentices ahead of your start date although you’ll probably not meet all of them until you join us.

You’ll have a couple of days to settle in to your office, meet your manager and get to know your team. Then you’ll join other Aviva Apprentices from around the country on a joint induction. This will introduce you to the company and help you get ready for great things ahead. Our reward package lets you tailor the benefits of working at Aviva to suit you and your lifestyle. As well as a competitive salary that grows in line with your know-how, it includes everything from help to buy Aviva shares to discounts at your favourite shops.

We’ll give you a joining bonus of £500 (net). So if you need to spruce up your business wardrobe, invest in a travel card or splash out on driving lessons, you’ll have cash at the ready. After that, you’ll be eligible for our company bonus scheme. This is tied in to our overall performance as a business and allows you to share in the company’s success.

We give you the freedom to tailor your reward package to suit your lifestyle. You can use your pay to buy a wide range of benefits including buying and selling holiday. And you could take advantage of some great deals on mobile phones, computers and bikes through our salary deduction schemes.

It may be a long way off, but it’s never too early to start saving for your retirement. Our staff pension scheme helps you do that in a tax efficient way. You choose how much you want to put in and we’ll add to that with a highly competitive company contribution. Plus you get tax relief on your pension contributions so even more gets paid in.

Financial rewards are important. But so is being recognised for a job well done. Through Spotlight we can all recognise colleagues who’ve delivered a great Aviva experience and send them a thank you e-card or nominate them for a cash reward.

The Aviva Matching Share Plan is a great way to invest in Aviva shares from as little as £5 a month. We take payments from your salary and use them to buy Aviva shares on your behalf each month. It’s fully flexible. You can stop, start, increase or decrease the payments whenever you want. And Aviva will award two shares for every one share you buy with the first £5 to £40 you invest. Or put as little as £5 a month into our Save As You Earn Scheme for three, five or seven years. Then use the money, plus a tax-free bonus, to buy Aviva shares at a discounted price.

As an Aviva employee, you’ll get some great offers on our products. After you’ve been with us for 12 months, you’ll also be eligible for Aviva price match from selected competitors on a range of products

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Where you'll be based

We do business across the UK. So chances are we’re based not too far from you. Explore each of the locations and find out more about where you could be based.

Belfast is one of our centres of Excellence.  You can reach us by car or bus.
You’ll quickly get to know everyone. And the atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week in an open-plan floor with breakout areas, free tea and coffee. You’ll have one hour for lunch.

Find us at:
4/5 Donegall Square South
Belfast
BT1 5JA

Our Birmingham office is right in the city centre and easy to reach by bus or train. If you cycle, we have secure parking for bikes. We have a car park, and you’ll be able to apply for a parking space if you need one, although there is a charge.

We work on four floors of the office which is open plan with breakout areas, kitchenettes and free tea and coffee. And the atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week and have one hour for lunch. And it’ll take no time at all to nip in to town during your lunch break for a bite to eat. There are plenty of options close by.

Find us at:
Lombard House
145 Great Charles Street
Queensway
Birmingham
B3 3LT

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Our office here is in a business park on the outskirts of Bristol.  You can reach us by bus or shuttle service, drive and park in our car park, or cycle to work. We have cycle stands for bikes. You’ll be able to apply for a parking space if you need one.

As our Bristol office is relatively small –you’ll quickly get to know everyone. And the atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week on an open-plan ground floor with breakout areas, kitchenettes and free tea and coffee. You’ll have one hour for lunch.

Find us at:
The Hub
500 Aztec West
Bradley Stoke
Bristol
BS32 4RZ

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Croydon is one of our underwriting Offices.  You can reach us by car or bus.
As our office is relatively small –you’ll quickly get to know everyone. And the atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week in an open-plan floor with breakout areas, free tea and coffee. You’ll have one hour for lunch.

Find us at:
Exchange Court
3 Bedford Park
Croydon
CR9 2ZL

Exeter is an office within our South West Region and you can reach us by car or bus. 
You’ll quickly get to know everyone. And the atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week in an open-plan floor with breakout areas, free tea and coffee. You’ll have one hour for lunch.

Find us at:
Milford House
Pynes Hill
Exeter
EX2 5TH

Our office is right in the heart of the city, so public transport is probably the best way to get here: the office is open from 7am to 7pm and easily accessible by bus, train or underground. We don’t have a car park of our own, but if you do want to drive in, paid parking is available nearby.

The atmosphere in our Glasgow office is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. It’s a small office, so you’ll soon get to know everyone. Hot and cold drinks are available on each floor. Being in the city centre there are a myriad of options for eating and shopping on your lunch break. And if you don’t fancy going out, there’s a breakout area in the basement with snack machines.

Find us at:
139 West Regent Street
Glasgow
G2 2SG

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Our Leeds office is right in the city centre, so it’s easy to reach by bus or train.

The office is open plan with breakout areas, kitchenettes and free tea and coffee. The atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week and have one hour for lunch. And it’ll take no time at all to nip in to town during your lunch break for a bite to eat. There are plenty of options close by.

Find us at:
CGU House
Boar Lane
Leeds
LS1 5HL

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Leicester is based in the Leicester Trading Centre.  You can reach us by car or bus. 
You’ll quickly get to know everyone. And the atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week in an open-plan floor with breakout areas, free tea and coffee. You’ll have one hour for lunch.

Find us at:
Waterloo House
Princess Road West
Leicester
LE1 6TR

Liverpool is an office within our North West Region. You can reach us by car or bus. 
You’ll quickly get to know everyone. And the atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week in an open-plan floor with breakout areas, free tea and coffee. You’ll have one hour for lunch.

Find us at:
Norwich House
8-12 Water Street
Liverpool
L2 8UR

It is an exciting time in  our central Manchester office as we are beginning to scope a large scale refurbishment project for the building which will change and upgrade all of the facilities.
You’ll work a 35-hour week and have one hour for lunch. Plenty of time to nip in to town during your lunch break for a bite to eat. And you’ll be spoiled for choice in the city centre.
There are cycle racks available for those of you who wish to use them.
We also have an office at Stretford.

Find us at:
CGU House
2-10 Albert Square
Manchester
M60 8AD

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Perth is one of our centres of Excellence and you can reach us by car or bus. 
You’ll quickly get to know everyone. And the atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week in an open-plan floor with breakout areas, free tea and coffee. You’ll have one hour for lunch.

Find us at:
Pitheavlis
Perth
PH2 0NH

Southampton is one of our offices within our South West Region and you can reach us by car or bus. 
You’ll quickly get to know everyone. And the atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week in an open-plan floor with breakout areas, free tea and coffee. You’ll have one hour for lunch.

Find us at:
Grosvenor Square 22
22 Grosvenor Square
Southampton
SO15 2YH

Worthing is a seaside town, located between Southampton and Brighton on the south coast of the UK.  You can reach us by car or bus.  You’ll be able to apply for a parking space if you need one.
As our office is relatively small –you’ll quickly get to know everyone. And the atmosphere is professional but informal – especially on dress-down Fridays. You’ll work a 35-hour week in an open-plan floor with breakout areas, free tea and coffee. You’ll have one hour for lunch.

Find us at:
Saxon House
Little High Street
Worthing
BN11 1DH

Where will I be?

A great long-term future is definitely one of the things you can look forward to at Aviva. Find out how your role could change and where you could be in:

0 to 3 years

Three years in and you’ll be on your way to completing relevant professional qualifications. This won’t be the end of your development though – that’s ongoing. But it is the time to start thinking about what you do next. With the help of your manager and mentor, you’ll start to plan your career goals for the coming few years. Find out what Aviva employees who’ve been with us for up to three years or so say about how far they’ve come.

Eight months in and I’ve made life-long friends, learned a lot about myself and just as much from knowledgeable people. I’ve gained confidence too and started to develop leadership skills. What’s more, my mentors are helping me make realistic five to seven year career plans.

Shunelle, Graduate Trainee in Insurance

Coming into the insurance industry with no industry knowledge or experience is a challenge. But there are a lot of experienced people here and they’re happy to share their know-how. You have to be a fast-learner though.

Timothy, Corporate & Specialty Risks

Training to be an Actuary at Aviva, I’ve been able strengthen my existing skills, whilst diversifying into other areas. I’ve only been here 15 months, but already I’ve had the chance to meet people from many different parts of the business, travel to other countries, work on a wide range of projects and to exercise my new actuarial skills to the full.

Matt, Actuarial Trainee

I am in the team that sets the overall strategy for Aviva's unique BONUS (Broker ON-site Underwriting Solutions) proposition. After 18 months I’ve passed the first year of my CIMA qualification. But coaching and mentoring a new team member really showed me how far I’d come. Looking ahead, I see loads of opportunities, including the chance to travel.

Ajay, UK General Insurance, Intermediaries & Partnerships

Having joined Aviva seven months ago, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and made a great circle of friends amongst the other trainees. It’s been a great learning experience, and I’ve benefited enormously from the support of many experienced colleagues who’ve always been happy to take time out and share their knowledge with me.

Ting, Actuarial Trainee

After just over two years I’m responsible for establishing Aviva in the UK Corporate Motor sector. Building a new team has been a great experience. A major highlight was securing the Motor Fleet of a major supermarket chain, confirming our place as a leading corporate insurer.

Marc, Senior Motor Underwriting Manager, Corporate & Speciality Risks

In five years I’ve had four different roles. Now I lead two large teams across two locations, making sure we underwrite as many commercial business quotes as possible. I really enjoy the variety, the people and knowing that I’m valued. And the employee benefits are a big plus too.

Jamie, Trading Manager

I joined Aviva because it’s a well-known City organisation that can boost my skills, experience and prospects. Right now I lead a team of over 20 Traders. Being sensitive to their different needs, skills and personalities while making sure they hit our targets and deliver a great service is definitely a challenge.

Julie Ann, Trading Team Manager

My roles have continually changed over the years, which keeps life interesting. Right now my job is all about making change happen. If you have a good idea, people support it and you can make a difference. That's the main plus point for me.

Chris, Quality Improvement Lead

Within three years of joining, I was promoted to head up a department in a division that’s fast-changing, ambitious and arguably the most exciting place to be at Aviva right now. I like the development culture here. As the company is so large, there’s always someone to learn from.

Mark, Business Manager, Property Investors

After starting out as a Systems Developer, I was promoted to Software Project Manager in less than a year. And ever since, virtually every year has brought a new role and a fresh challenge. Today I focus on the design and delivery of end-to-end IT systems as well as harnessing mobile, social and cloud-based technologies.

Ben, Head of Design and Delivery

I joined as an account manager in software development. Then I moved into an Architecture role which involves understanding the needs of the business and planning how IT can support them. That was a big career change, but Aviva gave me the chance to make it.

Simon, UK Enterprise Architect

I joined Commercial Union’s A level training scheme in 1980. Now I lead a great team of property underwriters to develop a portfolio of profitable, corporate property business. It’s an exciting, growing environment with a clear long-term strategy. And it’s fun.

Peter, Head of Property

I’ve stayed with Aviva so long because I’ve been able to work in many different areas and gain lots of experience. For the last six years I’ve specialised in Property Investors Insurance. I manage over 80 people and have helped build our successful offer for the European market.

Ann, Head of Property Investors

I’ve been a Fire Underwriter, Team Manager, Senior Underwriter, Regional Underwriting Manager, Business Manager and now Trading Manager. In that time I’ve added an MBA to my professional qualifications. And of course I’ve seen lots of changes. It’s important to be adaptable.

Richard, Trading Manager

Recruitment process

Decide on the programme you want to do and where you want to work. Then apply online by using the ‘Apply now’ button. We recommend that you thoroughly read the FAQs section before you submit your application. As part of the application, we’ll ask you to write about yourself, and why you think the programme is right for you, and to tell us about something you’ve done that has made you feel proud.  We recommend that you’re as honest and open as you can be, so that we can get a sense of who you are and what matters to you. You might find it easier to write your answers up separately and copy and paste them into the online form so that you have chance to make sure you’re really happy with them. Once you are and you’ve sent us your application, we'll send you an email to confirm we’ve received it.

We’ll review your application and let you know whether or not we will be progressing you to the next step which is to complete some online aptitude tests.

If you fit our criteria we’ll arrange a suitable time and date with you to talk through your application. If we think you have the right aptitude and talent, we'll invite you to a face to face interview or an assessment centre depending on your availability. Don’t worry. We’ll give you lots of pointers on how to prepare and what to expect on the day but you will be assessed against the same competencies no matter what type of final stage assessment you attend.

At our assessment centres we’ll be looking at how you get on in one or all of the following: a presentation, a group task and a face-to-face interview. It’s really important to us that you feel relaxed so we can see you at your best, so we’ll give you time to prepare. Remember though, the assessment centre isn't just our chance to find out whether you're right for us. It's also your chance to decide whether we're right for you.


If you are successful at assessment centre we will call to offer you a place on the Aviva Apprentice Programme. If you aren’t successful this time we’ll let you know – and if you’d like more feedback on why, just ask.

Before you join us you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. We do ask for quite a lot of information but we'll guide you through this step-by-step.
If you are successful in being offered a role, Aviva will carry out the following pre-employment screening checks:

Check your legal right to work in the UK

Carry out an education and qualification check
Carry out a criminal history check
Carry out a credit check
Carry out a check against a Fraud Prevention Database (CIFAS)
External Auditor check
As we provide financial services, we're heavily regulated. We use the documents you bring with you to your assessment centre, like your passport for instance, to do these pre-employment screening checks. But we might need other documents on top. We complete this process for all new Aviva employees – it's an important part of reassuring our customers that their personal information is in safe hands.
Once the checks are complete, we'll send you your contract, start date and induction details.

Your first day – welcome to Aviva.

You’ll have a couple of days to settle in to your office, meet your manager and get to know your team. Then you’ll join other Aviva Apprentices from around the country on a joint induction. This will introduce you to the company and help you get ready for great things ahead.