Apprenticeships with Canopius: Learn while you earn

Apprenticeships offer a great alternative to university for those who want to ‘earn as they learn’. All of our apprenticeship placements are permanent roles, so there is no need to worry about finding a job when the apprenticeship comes to an end.

Apprentices study for nationally recognised qualifications in the UK – a Canopius apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work for a great company while learning new skills and setting yourself for a long and successful career in professional and financial services.

We are a specialty (re)insurance company, so offer apprenticeships to those who wish to write insurance policies as an underwriter. But as an international business with hundreds of employees, we have many departments and opportunities for people looking for careers in any number of fields, from finance to HR.

Watch this video to hear about what Canopius can offer you as an apprentice.
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Watch this video to find out more about our current apprentices’ experiences.
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Find out more below…

An apprenticeship is the chance to jump into a real role, taking on responsibility and learning new skills from day one. Working alongside experienced Canopius employees, managers and external clients or suppliers, our apprentices gain a wealth of experience as well as job-specific skills.

The main benefit of an apprenticeship is that you can earn as well as learn. Our apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, although you’ll need to make sure you meet the academic entry requirements. These vary by scheme – you can find out more by taking a look at our job descriptions and requirements.

Our apprentices don’t pay anything towards their apprenticeship. All training costs are covered, and we pay you a competitive starting salary. There’s no catch; it really is earning while you are learning.

It depends on the apprenticeship you apply for. We are offering apprenticeships at a Level 3 in areas such as Underwriting, Operations and Compliance. Typically, our apprenticeships last between 15 months and two years. Once completed, you will transition into an entry-level role to progress your career.

Our apprenticeships are designed so they offer a structured programme that takes the apprentices through the skills they need to eventually be working at the standard required for the role.

Our apprentices study while they work. We do this through a combination of online study with our training providers, and off-the-job learning. This might be on one day a week, or a block of days/hours at a time.

Once we and our training provider are confident you have learnt all you need and are working at the required standard, you will take an End Point Assessment. This is a series of practical tests or an oral discussion designed for you to demonstrate what you can do. We will work with you to make sure you only take these tests when you are confident you are ready.

Before applying consider the following…

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Do you enjoy meeting new people, debating and negotiating, and building relationships?

Consider our Underwriting or Claims Apprenticeships

Risk apprenticeship

Are you interested in law or have been part of a school society where you set guidelines?

Consider our Compliance or Risk Apprenticeships

Operations apprenticeship

Are you a great communicator with strong organisation skills?

Consider an Operations Apprenticeship

Actuary apprenticeship

Do you have a head for figures, or love maths and finance?

Consider an Actuary Apprenticeship (coming soon)


You must have legal right to work in the UK as our apprentice roles are not ones we can sponsor.
You will not be able to apply for an apprenticeship:

  • Where you have already achieved the skills, knowledge and behaviours that would form part of the apprenticeship you have applied for.
  • Where you hold qualifications, in the same subject area, that are at a higher grade than the apprenticeship you have applied for.
  • If you are currently undertaking another apprenticeship or qualification which won’t be completed by September 2022.
  • If the apprenticeship replicates learning you have already completed elsewhere.

The Application Process

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Submit Your Application by 1 June 2022

Complete the online application form, including a CV and a 500-word covering letter on why you feel Canopius offers the right apprenticeship for you.

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Video Submission by 15 June 2022

If successful from your application, you will submit a video answering several interview questions. You will be asked specific questions relating to your chosen apprenticeship scheme.

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Assessment Day – Beginning July 2022

Head to our office in Bishopsgate for a meet and greet where you will meet mentors, teams and other apprentices.

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Start Your Apprenticeship – September 2022

Hands-on learning while earning a salary begins in September.