As a company we encourage our staff to follow the Chartered Institute of Insurance education program, which measures people in three stages:-

  • Certificate CII (Cert.)
  • Diploma CII (Dip.)
  • Advanced CII (ACII)

Chris Mealor for Finch CommercialAs well as having a number of people within the organisation currently taking exams at various levels, some of you may have noticed the CII status in the email footers of other members of the team.

This year we have been fortunate enough to secure a place for Chris Mealor from our Private Clients team on the industry respected Allianz CII Scholarship Scheme, which will enable him to move up from his current Cert. CII status to Dip CII over the next 18 months.

It was with immense pride I went with Chris up to London to meet with the CII and Allianz and here (in his own words) is Chris’s diary of the day.

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 – A full on day!

Packed with nerves and anticipation…  Day one of my 18 month Allianz Diploma Scholarship programme.

After a hectic, slow and somewhat disrupted journey to London, my sponsor (Matthew Finch) and I finally turned up to the CII’s impressive ‘Insurance Hall’ building in the heart of London ready for my Allianz Scholarship Welcome Event.

Full of history, the Insurance Hall – the home of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) – stands on a site of enormous importance to the City of London, reaching back to Roman times. It is built in impressive traditional style featuring stained glass windows portraying insurance companies and the walls of the main staircase are adorned with an extensive collection of Firemarks from around the world.

Upon arriving, the nerves soon disbanded as I was greeted by 19 fellow scholars and their sponsors – all in the same boat as myself, and all equally apprehensive and excited about the next 18 months!

Shortly after arrival, the ice was well and truly broken with a genius fact finding game encouraging all scholars to find out certain information regarding everyone else – much fun and banter was had!

This was all followed up by a lovely three-course course meal with mixed tables consisting of existing and new scholars, Allianz ACII employees, our CII course tutors and topped off with the CEO of The Chartered Insurance Institute and Adam from our sponsors Allianz.

The journey towards Dip CII has now started and I can honestly say I am very proud and privileged to be one of so few brokers to have been selected for this amazing opportunity. Thanks to Finch (and Matthew) for all the encouragement and support shown!

Now the fun starts!

On behalf of all the team at Finch, a massive well done to Chris and good luck on your continued development.


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