Liberty Life, a financial services group offering a range of services from life insurance to wealth management, has recruited learners for its 2010 Financial Sector Charter learnership programme.

This article is from 2010. For the latest news on Liberty Learnerships click on the link to Applications for the 2013 Liberty Learnership Programme

Rose Cochran – the learnership project manager at Liberty - commented, “"From day one, we let learners feel they're part of the company, and though we don't guarantee them jobs, many of them have created a niche for themselves here," says Cochran. "Some of the 2004 graduates are already in senior management positions in Liberty."

The programmes are ideal for young people who want to gain exposure to a corporate environment, and to obtain a recognised qualification.

"Those selected will be able to do both during the period of one year," Cochran says."The selected learners complete an NQF Level 4 qualification relating to the nature and type of work the learner will do in the workplace. The qualifications are:

Long Term Insurance; Retirement Fund Administrator (Wealth Management); Business Administration; Contact Centre Operations; Marketing and HR Management and Practices.

Learners must indicate their preferences, and they will undergo assessments during their learnership to determine numeracy and literacy levels - so as to ensure that their profiles are suited to their preferences.

"Each learner selected must commit to a career direction where he or she has a better chance of succeeding," says Cochran. "We look at academic performance, personality, aptitude and creative abilities."

Other learners participating in Liberty Life learnerships have found permanent employment at 70% success rate. This is due in part because learners have access to mentors and coaches, and are supported throughout their learnership year.

The theoretical training and the workplace training takes place in Braamfontein. Boston City Campus & Business College has been a training provider since inception and will be the sole training provider for the 2010 intake.

For the hands-on training, learners are placed at business units in Liberty Life and at Stanlib.

The theoretical training and the workplace training takes place in Braamfontein. Boston City Campus & Business College has been a training provider since inception and will be the sole training provider for the 2010 intake.




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