A four year partnership between one of Ipswich’s largest employers and One continues to gather momentum. So far around ten current Willis employees previously studied at One and those numbers are set to grow thanks to the launch a new business scheme.
Willis has developed the programme with current One students who pitched the idea to fellow classmates in a project aimed at encouraging maths, business and language students to consider a career in insurance.
Gary Shoesmith, Education Liaison Director at from Willis, is overseeing this activity. At the launch, he said, “We employ 17,000 people and work in 120 countries, but the truth is we are an ageing workforce so there are lots of opportunities for young people. We have a long association with One and we are asking One learners to submit applications to take part in this partnership. The most suitable candidates will then be given the opportunity of working on a project, meeting our staff, finding out about what we do, touring the building and at the end of the sessions we will give out careers and CV advice.”
“With our past record of working with One in terms of employing their students, there is also a chance that some of those involved in this scheme may end up getting a full time job with Willis. We are keen to support local talent and we have found that One has consistently provided us with that talent in the past.”
Students, Charlotte Alexander and Jenna Ashdown have been working with Willis on this.
Charlotte from Ipswich, said, “I hadn’t considered a career in insurance before. It’s definitely on my radar now.”
Jenna from Sudbury, added, “I’d love to get a job at Willis. If I have to go to University I will, however, I would consider getting a job straight after A-levels if the right opportunity came along.”
Maths teacher, Chris Stevens, added, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to add skills to their CV’s and gain an experience of working with a multi-national partner. I have no doubt that those involved will make the most of the opportunity. The fact that our current students will meet former One students in the midst of their careers at Willis makes this project all the more real.”