The Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers (BILTIR) held its second Lunch and Learn on Thursday, entitled ‘A Career in the Life Insurance and Reinsurance Industry’, to a group of Berkeley Institute students at the offices of Global Atlantic Re, a BILTIR member company.
The programme focused on Bermuda’s thriving life insurance industry and the qualifications needed to obtain employment locally within the field.
A spokeswoman said: “The session was interactive, providing the students with the opportunity to put questions to the professionals as they gave insight into working in the industry.
“Students heard from the Minister of Education and Workforce Development, Diallo Rabain, who gave the opening remarks at the Lunch and Learn session,” she said.
Industry guest speakers from a range of different professions, included actuaries and accountants, IT and underwriters.
Guest speakers included Fiona Davis, Underwriter at Hanover Life Reinsurance; Natasha Scotland-Courcy, Chief Corporate Compliance Officer, Associate General Council at Athene Life Re; Scott Selkirk, Actuary at Somerset Re, Sean Kelly, Director at PwC; Shantaye Wolffe, Information Technology at Ariel Re, and Stefanos Economides, Senior Consultant, Life Actuarial Advisory Services at EY.
“Our first Lunch and Learn session with CedarBridge Academy students was a huge success, and so we are thrilled to repeat the programme again with a different school,” said April Galda, Co-CEO of Atlantic Re and member of the BILTIR Board of Directors. “The life insurance industry is a growing aspect of Bermuda’s economy. We want to raise awareness of the career opportunities among local students so they can come back and join the industry after they graduate from university.”
Minister Rabain said: “The Ministry of Education and Workforce Development welcome the efforts of BILTIR to introduce our students to career opportunities in the life and reinsurance industry. BILTIR has continued to partner with both the Career Pathways programme and the Department of Workforce Development and we appreciate their continued support.
“Our students need exposure to all the career options as they plan for their future. As a corporate partner, BILTIR is providing that through these student focused events,” he added.
Global Atlantic Re’s Senior Analyst at Operations, Kiara Somner said: “The Berkeley Institute students were thoroughly engaged. There was a lot of interaction during the sessions, with thought-provoking questions put forward by students. We saw a definite desire from them to learn more about the wide array of career options available in the life and reinsurance industry,” she added.
The Lunch and Learn programme is part of BILTIR’s overall strategy to educate local high school students on the life insurance and reinsurance sector.
Other BILTIR education strategies include a math tutoring programme offered to help prepare students for GCSEs, and a separate programme which targets university students.
- Photos Courtesy of BILTIR: Participant students from The Berkeley Institute with Education Minister Diallo Rabain & BILTIR members Scott Selkirk, Actuary at Somerset Re; Shantaye Wolffe, Information Technology at Ariel Re; April Galda, Co-CEO of Global Atlantic Re; Natasha Scotland-Courcy, Chief Corporate Compliance Officer, Associate General Council at Athene Life Re; and Underwriter at Hanover Life Reinsurance; Stefanos Economides, Senior Consultant, Life Actuarial Advisory Services at EY; Kiara Somner, Senior Analyst, Operations at Global Atlantic Re, and the programme’s coordinator, and Sean Kelly, Director at PwC