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Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers held its second Lunch and Learn, entitled “A Career in the Life Insurance and Reinsurance Industry”, for a group of Berkeley Institute students at the offices of Global Atlantic Re.

The programme focused on Bermuda's thriving life insurance industry and the qualifications needed to obtain employment locally within the field. The session was interactive, providing the students with the opportunity to put questions to the professionals as they gave insight into working in the industry.

Students heard from Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education and Workforce Development, who gave the opening remarks.

Industry guest speakers from a range of different professions, including actuaries and accountancy, IT and underwriting also participated in the programme.

April Galda, co-CEO of Global Atlantic Re and member of the Biltir board of directors, said: “Our first Lunch and Learn session with CedarBridge Academy students was a huge success, and so we are thrilled to repeat the programme again with a different school.

“The life insurance industry is a growing aspect of Bermuda's economy. We want to raise awareness of the career opportunities among local students so they can come back and join the industry after they graduate from university.”

While Mr Rabain said: “The Ministry of Education and Workforce Development welcome the efforts of Biltir to introduce our students to career opportunities in the life and re/insurance industry. Biltir has continued to partner with both the Career Pathways programme and the Department of Workforce Development and we appreciate their continued support. Our students need exposure to all the career options as they plan for their future. As a corporate partner, Biltir is providing that through these student focused events.”

Kiara Somner, senior analyst, operations at Global Atlantic Re, and the programme's co-ordinator, said: “The Berkeley Institute students were thoroughly engaged with today's programme.

“There was a lot of interaction during the sessions, with thought-provoking questions put forward by students. We saw a definite desire from them to learn more about the wide array of career options available in the life and re/insurance industry.”

The guest speakers included Fiona Davis, underwriter at Hanover Life Reinsurance, Natasha Scotland-Courcy, chief corporate compliance officer, associate general council at Athene Life Re; Scott Selkirk, actuary at Somerset Re, Sean Kelly, director at PwC, Shantaye Wolffe, information technology at Ariel Re, and Stefanos Economides, senior consultant, Life Actuarial Advisory Services at EY.

The Lunch and Learn programme is part of Biltir's overall strategy to educate local high school students on the life insurance and re/insurance sector. Other Biltir education strategies include a math tutoring programme offered to help prepare students for GCSEs, and a separate programme which targets university students.

Industry event: Biltir held a Lunch and Learn event for students of Berkeley Institute. The students are pictured with Diallo Rabain, centre, Minister of Education and Workforce Development, and guest speakers from the insurance and reinsurance industry (Photograph supplied)
Biltir members with Diallo Rabain, Minister of Education and Workforce Development are, from left: Scott Selkirk, Shantaye Wolffe, April Galda, Natasha Scotland-Courcy, Mr Rabain, Fiona Davis, Stefanos Economides, Kiara Somner, and Sean Kelly (Photograph supplied)

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Published November 03, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Updated November 06, 2017 at 12:12 am)

Biltir event gives students career insights

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