General Insurance Article - Allianz Academy celebrates 10 years of success

 Allianz Insurance is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of its Underwriting Academy, with a total of 5,000 underwriters having completed the technical training and development programme.

 The scheme was introduced in 2001 when the Company recognised that a key route to winning new business and improving results would be through further development of the technical capabilities of its underwriters.

 The Underwriting Academy offers development modules across four classes of the business: commercial motor, personal insurance, engineering and property and casualty. In addition, delegates are provided with training in general subjects such as financial awareness and trading skills.

 The programme provides a framework which enables individuals to build the skills required to fulfil career aspirations, achieve professional qualifications through study support and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) accreditation and to meet the requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as required by the CII.

 Chris Hanks, general manager, Allianz Commercial, says: "The capabilities of our people are critical to creating a sustainable and successful business. We have invested for the future by establishing a development programme which will ensure that we have superior technical, sales and leadership skills."

 He adds: "The Underwriting Academy has already put us at the forefront of training and development within the industry and we have no doubt it will continue to help us achieve longterm profitable growth."

 Neil Clutterbuck, director of underwriting and technical at Allianz Commercial, comments: "For many years we have positioned ourselves as an underwriting-led Company and recognise that this core skill is critically important to our future business performance. The quality of training delivered by the Underwriting Academy has provided us with the best underwriters in the industry, who continue to deliver exceptional results, giving us the confidence to keep them close to our customers.

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