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John Spellar MP meets Zurich volunteers bringing careers advice to the classroom

Birmingham, June 15, 2018

Warley MP John Spellar went back to school today to see Zurich volunteers in action delivering a careers workshop for Smethwick students.

Zurich volunteers attend Holly Lodge School with John Spellar MP to encourage financial literacyAt the visit on 15 June, John had the opportunity to meet Year 12 students from Holly Lodge High School studying STEM subjects.  He witnessed Zurich volunteers sharing their tips on how to write a good CV and providing careers advice on opportunities within the insurance industry.  Students also put questions to the Zurich experts on a range of topics related to the world of work including how to get your foot on the career ladder and how to build a successful career.

John Spellar MP said, “I enjoyed watching the volunteers in action and seeing first hand the real difference it made to the students getting careers advice from people already working in business.  I’d urge more employers to follow Zurich’s lead by getting involved in school partnership programmes, equipping youngsters with practical skills, helping to raise their aspirations beyond the classroom and letting them know how to apply for a job in this industry.”

Sophie Timms, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Zurich UK said, “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to invite the school’s local MP along to see our volunteers in action.  We’re proud of our partnership with Holly Lodge High School and as a local employer to be able to give something back to the community is very rewarding for our employees. 

Our work with Holly Lodge is part of our broader Youth Skills programme which offers careers advice and financial literacy support to students across the UK”.

We’ve already helped over a thousand students since launching the programme less than two years ago and are always looking for new ways we can inspire more young people to consider a career in insurance”.

Jim Walker, Leader of Learning for Business, Law and Enterprise, Holly Lodge High School, comments.  “In our experience, we find that bringing in business experts to provide careers advice and talk about employment opportunities is a great way of engaging our students to think about their future career paths.  We’re delighted that John has been able to see for himself the benefits of working in partnership with a local employer like Zurich.   We look forward to further success as more students benefit from their support in the coming months.




For further information please contact:

Sara Spinks, Senior Media Relations Manager, Zurich UK

07875 888262 / sara.spinks@uk.zurich.com

Notes to Editors

Zurich in the UK

Zurich provides a suite of general insurance and life insurance products to retail and corporate customers.

We supply personal, commercial and local authority insurance through a number of distribution channels, and offer a range of protection, retirement and savings policies available online and through financial intermediaries for the retail market and via employee benefit consultants for the corporate market.

Based in a number of locations across the UK - with large sites in Birmingham, Farnborough, Glasgow, London, Swindon and Whiteley - Zurich employs approximately 6,000 people in the UK.

Our Corporate Responsibility strategy aims to create value for both our company and for society as a whole. We use our core skills, risk and investment management expertise, to have a positive impact on both. As a result of this work, Zurich holds the Business in the Community's ‘CommunityMark’. This award is the UK's only national standard that publicly recognises excellence in community investment which in Zurich's case is mainly delivered by the Zurich Community Trust, the charitable arm of Zurich in the UK. For more information about the Zurich's commitment to Corporate Responsibility and the Trust's work, please visit our website here.

Zurich Globally

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 54,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 210 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at www.zurich.com.