Work experience and apprenticeship opportunity for current "Bordenians"

We have received the following employment opportunities for current pupils at Borden Grammar School from a local Insurance Broker, based in Oad Street, Borden.

The Insurance Broker contacted us back in 2013 and 2015 with similar opportunities.  Neil Barlow, director of the company, now has a further opportunity for two apprentices to start in the summer.  Neil is also offering work experience opportunities for 1 or 2 weeks. Neil has written to the School and the Association with the following offer:

I am Chairman of a very small insurance brokerage based in Oad Street.

The UK insurance profession is the largest in Europe and the third largest in the world. It plays an essential part in the UK’s economic strength, managing investments of £ 1.8 trillion, the equivalent of 25% of the UK’s total net worth. It pays nearly £ 12 billion in taxes to the Government. It employs around 315,000 people with up to 2/3rds of this figure employed in the broking sector [source the Association of British Insurers 2014]. 

We have 2 apprenticeship roles available with our company from this summer.

Copperwheat Barlow is the leading independent farm and estates insurance broker in Kent. It also specialises in marine insurance and handles various types of commercial general insurance. Opportunities have now arisen in the company for two apprenticeship roles. Each apprenticeship will last for a minimum of 12 months. The position entails dealing with clients and underwriters on all aspects of the company’s insurance portfolio including presentations and back up to the director and insurance manager at the firm. Good basic mathematics, computer and English skills are essential.

The successful applicants will be required to complete the Chartered Insurance Institute Insurance Practitioners Standard Level 3 Award. On successful completion, the application will receive the title of “Certificate of the Chartered Insurance Institute”. The company will provide both apprentices with all the necessary support to achieve this. On completion of the apprenticeships, the company hopes to provide a permanent position of employment. The company expects the successful applicants to continue with the Chartered Insurance Institute’s studies through to higher levels of qualifications

The apprenticeship pay is £ 3.50 per hour.

We are happy to offer work experience for 5 or 10 days with immediate effect if any pupils are interested in getting a taster of working at the company.

The pay will be £ 4.05 per hour for any applicant aged up to 18; £ 5.60 per hour for ages 18 to 20 for same.

Unfortunately, there is no public transport to Oad Street itself. Applicants would need to consider how they would journey to and from our office.

Any interested individuals should telephone or write to:

Mr A Campbell, Insurance Manager

at the below address.

I trust that you will consider making this opportunity known to your 6th form students.

Kindest regards

Neil R J Barlow A.C.I.I.
Chartered Insurance Broker

Copperwheat Barlow

Woodgate Farm Oast

Oad Street



Kent ME9 8JX

Tel: 01795 842479

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