Aviva Invests in Next Generation of Tech Talent Through Technology Work Placement Initiative

Aviva Invests in Next Generation of Tech Talent Through Technology Work Placement Initiative

(IN BRIEF) Aviva, a leading insurance company, is supporting the next generation of tech talents through a new Technology Work Placement program for year 10 and year 11 students. The week-long placement, held at Aviva’s Bristol, Norwich, and York sites, provided students with a hands-on experience in various technology roles. They learned important skills such as communication, teamwork, and project management. The program also included workshops on CV writing, interview preparation, and well-being. Students expressed their excitement and satisfaction, with one mentioning the valuable insights gained from Aviva professionals. Aviva employees who led the program found it rewarding to share their knowledge with students and witness their growth. Lucie Grainger, Head of IT Care at Aviva, emphasized the company’s commitment to empowering young people in local communities and making careers in tech accessible to all. The program received positive feedback, with students feeling optimistic about their future.

(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON, 17-Jul-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Aviva plc (LON: AV), a British multinational insurance company, has announced it is committed to nurturing the next generation of tech stars through its new Technology Work Placement program, targeting year 10 and year 11 students. This exciting initiative is being offered at Aviva’s Bristol, Norwich, and York sites.

The week-long placement, which took place in the first week of July, provided students with an immersive experience of working life at Aviva. Participants had the opportunity to explore various roles within the technology department and acquire valuable transferable skills in communication, teamwork, project management, and meeting deadlines.

To enhance the placement experience, students also engaged in workshops focused on crucial skills for their future careers, such as CV writing, interview preparation, and safeguarding their health and well-being. These workshops were thoughtfully designed to equip students with essential tools to support their professional growth.

Fraser, a student who participated in the Aviva placement in Norwich, shared his enthusiasm: “The week was amazing. We had insightful talks from professionals across the company and gained hands-on experience with various apps. The people were incredible – from our work experience leaders and fellow students to Aviva employees, who always greeted us with a smile.”

Evie, another student who joined the Aviva placement in York, expressed her satisfaction, stating, “I learned a multitude of skills while having a lot of fun. I appreciated the authentic work environment, and I would definitely participate again.”

For Aviva employees who assumed the role of site leads, the placement week provided a valuable opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with students from their local communities. They also benefited from the dynamic energy and fresh perspectives that young individuals bring to a company.

James Holland, a power platform SME at Aviva and the site lead in Norwich, described his rewarding experience, saying, “Being the site lead in Norwich was truly fulfilling. Throughout the week, I witnessed the students grow in confidence and come together as a tightly-knit group, looking out for one another.”

“As a new father myself, I feel a sense of responsibility to ensure that future generations are equipped for success. Providing a carefully planned and structured work experience program is a far cry from the traditional approach of students observing someone at work. Hopefully, I have opened their eyes to career paths they never thought possible,” James added.

Lucie Grainger, Head of IT Care at Aviva, emphasized the importance of empowering young people in local communities as they prepare for life beyond school. She said, “In 2023, it’s more crucial than ever to provide young individuals with fundamental career skills and enable them to take control of their futures. Aviva takes pride in offering opportunities to the next generation and fostering stronger relationships with the communities we serve.”

Grainger also emphasized that the technology work placement was open to students from all backgrounds, not solely those with a technology focus. The program aimed to demonstrate that careers in tech and at Aviva are accessible to everyone. Over the course of the week, Aviva witnessed outstanding project work and received heartwarming feedback from participating students who now feel optimistic about their future, both within the workplace and beyond.

Media contacts:

Karmen Ivey

General Insurance
Phone +44 (0) 7385 013 292
Email karmen.ivey@aviva.com




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