The British Insurance Awards – Winners!

We are proud to announce that we won the national insurance award for Investing in the Profession at the British Insurance Awards 2018, held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The accolade was for investing in people and the development of professionalism.

We employ more than 140 people and have an in-house Learning & Development Academy to help team members become qualified, and continue their personal development throughout their career.

We work closely with the Chartered Insurance Institute at both a local and national level, with CEO Matthew Pyke as Local Institute President and Director of People Development Victoria Sydenham as Continuing Professional Development Secretary.

We also have close links with Taunton’s Richard Huish College to offer high quality apprenticeships with professional on the job training and formal qualifications.

Announcing the winners on stage, the judges said:

The Lloyd & Whyte Academy provides a streamlined learning experience for its employees, designed to encourage apprentices and insurance veterans on their insurance journey. And with over three-quarters of employees already qualified, the company focuses on knowledge sharing with the aim of handing over the reins to a competent next generation.”

We strive to offer suitable permanent employment for all of our apprentices once qualified.

As part of our award submission, one of our recent apprentices said: “Lloyd & Whyte is outstanding in its approach to learning and development. The emphasis it puts into tailoring training and roles for the apprentices has added to the fantastic opportunities it offers, which allow experience across the business.”

Matthew Pyke, CEO, commented: “Everyone at Lloyd & Whyte has contributed to this award; it’s a massive achievement and demonstrates great team work. It’s also an achievement to promote the insurance profession as a career in the local community.”

The award organisers said:

“Lloyd & Whyte won the Investing in the Profession award for the way it uses career development as a tool to attract talent. This company believes that growth isn’t sustainable without putting time and effort into people, whether that’s conducting mock interviews at the local school for young school leavers, or using social media to alert customers to upcoming events. Guided by a three-pronged goal of providing apprenticeships, excellent customer service and achieving role-model status within its Somerset community, Lloyd & Whyte has worked at strengthening attitudes towards insurance, offering genuine career choices and helping solidify the foundations of a wider industry.”

Judges described it as “a real business success story” and praised our “true investment” in our people.

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