’We are very pleased to be expanding our range of tools for professional development,’ says content and capabilities director 

The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has launched two leadership focused programmes aimed at helping individuals with their professional development, a statement released yesterday (21 August 2023) said.

The programmes – Building a World Class Advisory Practice and Managers as Coaches – have been designed to enhance individual performance, foster effective team leadership and drive business development.

Ian Simons, content and capabilities director at the CII, said: “We are very pleased to be expanding our range of tools for professional development with the launch of two, new leadership focused training programmes at the CII.”

The two courses

Simons said the two courses had been ”carefully designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a professional environment and strengthen their business practices”.

The Building a World Class Advisory Practice course incorporates a variety of techniques to deliver increased strength and value in a UK advisory business, with an added focus on alignment with the FCA’s Consumer Duty principles.

The course also provides a methodology for business growth and includes a tailored business plan that incorporates a three-year strategy and one-year action plan.

Meanwhile, Managers as Coaches, which was created in partnership with Better Manager – an authority in management and leadership development – will span across eight weeks.

The course focuses on developing and practicing fundamental coaching skills for managers to support both team and individual development.

Insurance as a career

This came after the CII launched a virtual programme that will see thousands of students aged 13 and over get the opportunity to work in the sector.

In turn, this will allow them to build an understanding of the skills and characteristics needed and help them make informed decisions about their potential future career paths, the CII said.

Meanwhile, its New Generation Programme team is developing a new campaign to help attract more young talent to the industry.

Florence Dennis, vice president of the CII’s Leicester institute, told Insurance Times that the general perception around insurance “is that it is boring and old fashioned” and that “most young people not in insurance assume you work in a call centre”.