Creating more opportunities for members
We’re delighted to report that 2018 marked the second successful year of our member work experience programme, Insight into Work. The programme is open to all of our members and their direct families, whether you’re a school leaver, graduate, looking to make a career change or returning to work after a break.
In 2018, we continued to offer some great work experience opportunities across different parts of our business. We had a total of 23 four-week work taster placements, 10 two-week work shadowing placements and five school work experience placements. These took place across various departments, including IT, Investment and Customer Service, and the most popular area was our Legal team, which had four placements.
The value of work experience
We believe work experience is not only great for those who come and spend time working with us, but it’s also good for us as a business. It’s part of our talent strategy to help us share working experiences with people in our communities, support diversity in our business and help us find people who want to work with us in future.
Neeka joined us this year for a four-week placement in the Rectifications team. She's now working at Royal London in a full-time Data Capture and Rectification role, and we're really pleased to have her on board. Here's what she has to say:
"My first experience at Royal London was as a work experience candidate for one month. I was greeted by a lovely team who helped me with anything I needed. The month flew by – I really enjoyed it and learnt so many new things. I was involved in scanning policies onto the computer and inputting addresses.
"The Royal London culture was welcoming and open. I liked the fact that employee wellbeing was a top priority, and I can see that Royal London is a forward-thinking company that is embracing the future to get the best outcome for its members.
"I would definitely recommend the work placement for anyone that wants to gain valuable experience and have the opportunity to explore whether a career in insurance might be right for them.
"After my one-month placement, I applied for a position in Group Operations and I'm now working at Royal London full-time! My role is on a project focused on gathering up-to-date addresses for policyholders who we have lost touch with. This means that we can attempt to re-engage with them, or their dependants, and advise them on a policy they hold with Royal London. It's a very rewarding job."