Access – Become A JLT Specialty Apprentice

Welcome to Access, JLT Specialty’s 12-month apprenticeship programme.

Access has been designed to give you the skills and experience needed to kick-start a career at one of the world’s leading specialist insurance brokers.

Based in Birmingham, Access Apprentices have placements in 3 of our specialist teams over the course of 12 months.

This means that you could be arranging cover for some of the world’s largest super yachts as part of our Marine team or working with our Credit, Political & Security Risks division to ensure clients are able to recover from security incidents.

These experiences are normally reserved for those starting a career in London - the historical centre of the specialty insurance market. However, at JLT Specialty we believe in doing things differently, and have built a hub of insurance specialists in Birmingham, known as Trading.

Our unique structure means that, unlike our competitors, we can offer exposure to specialty insurance broking in the heart of Birmingham. We believe that this makes Access an apprenticeship programme without rival in the West Midlands.


As an Access Apprentice at JLT Specialty, you will work towards professional qualifications, with the support and guidance of a mentor. By the end of the programme, we expect you have to successfully achieved a Certificate in Insurance.

However, we know that a career in the insurance industry requires more than just technical knowledge. Communication, negotiation and time management are all critical skills. That’s why we ensure all Access Apprentices are given soft skills training. You will also have the opportunity to shadow senior managers, giving you insight into decision-making at the highest levels of our company.

You will also have a dedicated ‘sponsor’ throughout, who will be able to provide support and guidance as you progress through the programme.

At the end of the scheme, you will have a strong understanding of our business and the specialty insurance market. With a range of soft skills and contacts throughout the business, you will be in a prime position to take the next step in your career, by applying for permanent position at JLT Specialty.


As an Access Apprentice you will receive a competitive annual salary of £14,000.

We also offer highly attractive reward packages. We are aware of how integral our employees are to our progress, so we ensure that everyone shares in that success. Typical benefits include:

  • Employee share schemes
  • Flexible Benefit Scheme (called Choices), including access to gym membership, dining cards etc.
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Pension Plan
  • Private healthcare scheme


Access Apprentices must be new to the insurance industry, with less than 6 months’ experience in an insurance related role. They must have a GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Maths at grade C or higher.

However, we are looking for the future leaders of our company, and we expect Access Apprentices to bring much more than just qualifications. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • Communication Skills
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork

Most importantly, Access Apprentices must be motivated, and express a keen desire to build a career in specialty insurance.


Think you have what it takes to be an Access Apprentice?

Applications for our 2018/19 cohort open in July 2018. You can download an application form here.

Please note that we will only accept applications directly from the applicant. No applications via a third-party will be accepted.

All application forms should be returned to by 19 August 2018. Application forms can also be returned by post to:

April MacDonald
JLT Specialty
3rd Floor
45 Church Street
B3 2RT

Completed application forms will be reviewed, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to a phone interview on either 28 August or 29 August 2018. Applicants must also be available for a final assessment day on 7 September 2018.

JLT aims to be an equal opportunities employer and we would like to encourage applications from all of the community, irrespective of race, religion, gender, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Click here to download the brochure.