Hastings Direct launches graduate training programme

9th February 2012

Bexhill-based insurance providers, Hastings Direct, has today (9th February 2012) launched a new graduate training programme — The Hastings Way Forward Graduates — in exclusive association with the University of Brighton which will also cover Sussex University.

Globally, youth unemployment is a key issue. In Spain, for example, nearly 50% of 16-24 year olds are unemployed, whilst in the USA it is 23% and here in Britain it is more than one in five at 22%.

The new training programme has been launched to identify and nurture local business talent and mirrors the company's own in-house leadership and development training programme — The Hastings Way Forward.* Initially it is expected that 15 graduates will participate in the scheme.

Successful undergraduate candidates will be offered a fixed term contract for £17,000. During their time with Hastings, they will be fast tracked around different parts of the insurance business including all the core product areas as well as more general business training in HR, marketing, claims, underwriting, fraud, IT and finance.

Each applicant will be offered training in management skills; influencing, self management, coaching, team management and presentation skills.

Amanda Menahem, HR director, Hastings Direct: "As a company we are committed to identifying and nurturing talent and I am delighted we can now extend this commitment to undergraduates. We are one of the biggest employers along our part of the south coast and have nearly doubled in size in the last 18 months. This rapid expansion is set to continue — we will create at least 200 new jobs this year and we need good, talented business people to grow with us. We are also committed to tackling high unemployment rates amongst the graduate population and have a number of opportunities for graduates outside of this scheme."

Sam Rhodes, student services manager, University of Brighton careers service: "We are delighted to be working with Hastings Direct and its graduate training programme. Gaining a degree from the University of Brighton is a great launch pad into the workplace and this graduate programme will provide a fantastic grounding and experience of the business world." Applicants for the programme can apply from any of the university's current undergraduate courses. The application is based on demonstrating key competencies designed by Hastings Direct and the university.

It is expected that up to 15 new contracts will be offered in the initial intake with offers being made in August 2012 to undergraduates with a view to starting work post graduation in September 2012. Depending on successful performance and assessment, full time permanent positions will be offered to candidates prior to the fixed term contract ending.

Undergraduates keen to learn more can visit a range drop ins with Hastings Direct:

  • February 9th in University of Brighton — outside of the Aldrich library in the Cockcroft building
  • February 13th — Hastings Campus, University of Brighton
  • February 14th — Sussex University in the library cafe.

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