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How the beautiful game could inspire the next generation at Lloyd’s

Chris Harrison

As our industry changes, so must the people that work in it

We recently held a re-creation of our 2022 World Cup prediction event, this time in collaboration with SEO London. We invited students from universities across the UK to come to Lloyd’s and learn more about the world of insurance and to meet industry professionals and other like-minded students who are studying or have already joined the Lloyd’s market.

As our industry changes, so must the people that work in it. We want to be a top-of-mind and attractive career option for a new generation - not to simply tip the balance of the average age in the market - but also to find the type of digital first mindset that will thrive in a rapidly evolving insurance industry. We’re also committed to a more inclusive industry, attractive to a much more diverse workforce and where everyone sees a place and a future for themselves.

“In a rapidly changing world it’s essential that we hire the skills for the future from a more diverse talent pool in order to transform the industry”
Mark Lomas - Head of Culture, Lloyd’s

We with work with SEO London, a charity with the aim of broadening the career horizons of students from low socio-economic and ethnic minority backgrounds. Our Global Community Engagement team saw the 2022 World Cup predictions as a fresh and topical way to make a connection with local students thinking about their career options. Connecting the market with their sporting heroes is definitely not the usual way of starting a conversation about careers in insurance.

Attending the event was Guy Bonwick, head of Accident and Health at Axis, but previously, an academy-level footballer for Ipswich Town FC. The students had the opportunity to hear about Guy’s story; how when his football career came to a premature end due to injury, he combined his knowledge of football with a placement in the Lloyd’s market whilst at university – which ultimately led to him becoming a sports underwriter.

What’s next?

We plan to continue our work with SEO over the coming year, with the goal of raising awareness of the insurance sector with young people. The collaboration aims to support young people through developing the skills needed to succeed in the Lloyds market - using mentoring, workshops, and summer internships organised by the Global Community Engagement team. SEO will also support the recruitment process at Lloyds, working closely with the early careers department to deliver targeted outreach and supporting young people through the process of assessment centres and via recruitment support sessions.

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SEO London prepares talented students from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds for career success. 

Our partnership with SEO London was born in January 2021, offering young people access to the Lloyd’s market and other top insurance firms. Candidates learn and develop through workshops, mentoring and placements with firms in the market.

Lloyd’s 2022 World Cup predictions

Find out more about our predictions for the 2022 World Cup.

Chris Harrison - Business Graduate Trainee, Lloyd's

08 Dec 2022