Worcester MP, Robin Walker has today visited SJL Insurance as they celebrated the great achievement of taking on their 25th apprentice during National Apprenticeship Week.
Robin visited SJL Insurance to recognise their highly successful record of helping local people get professional apprenticeships; 11 employees at the firm began their careers as apprentices, five of whom have been effectively trained by SJL Insurance to climb the ladder to team leader positions.
National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy; something SJL Insurance CEO Simon Lancaster knows all about, having started his career as an apprentice in 1996. Simon hailed the positive impact apprentices have had for the company and is a passionate advocate for the Government’s scheme, which has helped drive the growth and expansion of the firm.
Since its inception in 2001, SJL Insurance has achieved impressive growth in every year since and is now turning over in excess of £17.5 million, employing 62 staff. This progress has significantly strengthened during the last three years, with the firm growing their revenue by over 65%.
Robin praised the rapid expansion of the firm and the benefits this has provided for the local economy. The company became an official Lloyd’s of London broker in 2017, which enables them to trade around the world. The firm therefore had to expand and open a third office in the City of London, with Bristol being its second branch, although the headquarters and the main employee base remains in Worcester.
Robin has acknowledged the contribution SJL makes to the local community, the firm was awarded the much-coveted Investor in People award in 2016. This was largely down to the commitment of the apprentices and staff to raise money for charitable causes including Christmas Jumper day, Wear Pink for Cancer, Movember, Worcester 10K run, Football Shirt Friday, Macmillan coffee and cake morning, and the London Marathon.
Speaking from SJL Insurance today Robin said:
“SJL Insurance is one of Worcester’s leading examples of how successful apprenticeship schemes can help local people by creating local jobs. I visited SJL Insurance in December 2014 to award them with an Apprenticeship Award and it’s great to come back again during the Government’s National Apprenticeship Week to see their continued success in this area.”
“I am delighted to see that the company has now taken on 25 apprentices in total. Simon started his own career as an apprentice, and this has undoubtedly contributed to his commitment to training up future generations. SJL Insurance is an excellent example of a company truly embracing the spirit and value of apprenticeships, with 11 current staff members starting their careers as apprentices, the company demonstrates that long term employment can and does come out of apprenticeship initiatives.”
“The Government’s National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the local economy. I warmly welcome all of the hard work SJL Insurance has put into welcoming apprentices and training a new generation of highly skilled workers in the local area.”
Simon Lancaster, founder and CEO, SJL Insurance said:
“Our continuous growth and expansion is built on our staff’s expertise, professionalism and drive. I have always believed that if you look after and progress staff to fulfil their potential, then you will both reap the rewards.”
He continued: “Due to the phenomenal team spirit, focus and collective intelligence, we can now insure any type of business in the UK and our expertise ranges from property and commercial risk, to kidnap and ransom.”
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Worcester’s MP visits leading insurance broker to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week