Hiscox launches underwriting academy

London, UK (16 March 2023) Specialist insurer Hiscox UK has officially launched its underwriting academy following a successful pilot in Q4 2022.

The Hiscox Underwriting Academy provides hands-on technical and professional development for high performing talent. The academy is part of a wider drive to strengthen the underwriting talent pipeline and increase the speed to competency in underwriting roles.

In Q4 2022 the Hiscox Underwriting Academy completed a successful pilot to recruit 10 new underwriters for its commercial insurance division. The focussed nature of the programme has reduced the time it takes to achieve the entry level underwriting licence by two thirds, and this is now being replicated in its personal lines division, with further intakes for commercial roles planned in April.

Half of the five-month enrolment encompasses classroom-based training and the remainder is spent in a supported live environment, before moving immediately into live underwriting roles with a level one Underwriting Licence. The academy syllabus includes CII modules and training that will help participants achieve certification within the first year of their role.

Jodi Cartwright, Distribution Director at Hiscox UK commented, “Competition for qualified underwriters is tough, so whilst we continue to recruit skilled underwriters with experience, we are investing heavily in nurturing new talent, with an increased focus on training, development and career management.

“The Hiscox Underwriting Academy provides those with underwriting aspirations an accelerated path to certification. We recruit and upskill high performing individuals, offering a training path that is fast, comprehensive and hands-on. As the business grows, demand for exceptional underwriters will keep increasing and the academy will ensure we have a strong pipeline of technically-skilled and commercially-astute talent to meet that.”


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About The Hiscox Group

Hiscox is a global specialist insurer, headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). Our ambition is to be a respected specialist insurer with a diverse portfolio by product and geography. We believe that building balance between catastrophe-exposed business and less volatile local specialty business gives us opportunities for profitable growth throughout the insurance cycle.

The Hiscox Group employs over 3,000 people in 14 countries, and has customers worldwide. Through the retail businesses in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA, we offer a range of specialist insurance products in commercial and personal lines. Internationally traded, bigger ticket business and reinsurance is underwritten through Hiscox London Market and Hiscox Re & ILS.

Our values define our business, with a focus on people, courage, ownership and integrity. We pride ourselves on being true to our word and our award-winning claims service is testament to that. For more information, visit www.hiscoxgroup.com.

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