Congratulations are in order, as the very first Commercial Express apprentice has completed his course six months early and accepted a permanent role.
Giuseppe Cosenza, 20, has taken up a full-time position as an underwriter on the renewals team.
He began his apprenticeship in January 2018 and has since gone from strength to strength, becoming a much-valued employee.
Starting his career within the package team, Giuseppe learnt the fundamentals of the insurance industry. One month in, he successfully secured his package license.
He then moved on to working in both catering and renewals, achieving the award for the Foundation Insurance Test (FIT). This is an introductory-level qualification that helps to develop an understanding of how the market operates.
During his time with Commercial Express, Giuseppe has been keen to learn. The Cert CII and catering level one and two are just some of his accolades. He now intends to continue his journey.
“I am working towards increasing my authority within the underwriting teams,” said Giuseppe.
“This means attaining catering and package level two, plus expanding my knowledge on property owners.
“My aim is to become licensed in each area of the insurance we provide and be able to underwrite every product, whilst also working towards my Diploma in Insurance.”
Giuseppe credits his apprenticeship in giving him a variety of transferable skills.
He said: “Before I began, I looked into the job and what skills are associated with it. I didn’t want my learning to stop and so doing an apprenticeship was a good way to get into an industry.
“The course has given me many transferrable skills. I have got my foot on the ladder, and it’s great to be in an industry where I can always progress.
“There are so many avenues to go down and I would highly recommend an apprenticeship.
“I’m delighted to officially join such a wonderful team of underwriters. I have learned so much already and hope to continue my development with Commercial Express, whilst building relationships with our brokers.”
Simon Rowley, underwriting team leader, said: “Giuseppe passing his apprenticeship six months early was always going to happen.
“Giuseppe is driven, eager and hungry for knowledge. From day one, he has always looked at ways of bettering himself.
“He quickly passed his FIT exam and immediately started progressing through his CERT, which only took nine months to complete.
“Giuseppe is now a qualified underwriter with the ability to write both Catering and SME business. He is working towards his DIP, as well as other product lines within Commercial Express.
“Accepting the role on a permanent basis is fantastic news for both employee and employer and I am looking forward to helping Giuseppe develop and see how his career grows.”