Join the Zurich Apprenticeship programme

The Zurich Apprenticeship in Ireland is a unique opportunity to enter into the fast paced, varied and exciting world of Insurance with Zurich Insurance, a leading provider in the industry. Based out of the Zurich Centre, Kerlogue Business Park Rosslare Road, Co. Wexford, this 3 year earn and learn programme will equip participants with the skills, knowledge and experience to become a valuable contributor to the success of our business while developing their own rewarding career as an Insurance Professional. Graduating apprentices will gain a Level 8 honours degree - the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice from the Atlantic Technological University, Sligo.

The Zurich Apprenticeship in Ireland will be kicking of its 9th edition of the programme in our General Insurance business, Co Wexford.

More about the programme

The Apprenticeship in Insurance Practice is a programme that runs over three years, which on successful completion, will result in the apprentice receiving a BA honours degree (level 8) in Insurance Practice awarded through the Atlantic Technological University Sligo, the education provider for the programme. The Apprenticeship programme is based on an 'earn and learn' model and the cost of the course is fully funded by the Government while the employer covers the cost of the salary of the apprentice. This means that the apprentices will work full-time in a role with one day a week on average set aside for formal learning, through a distance learning module.

Who are we looking for?

At Zurich, our customer is at the heart of everything we do. So the ability to deliver excellent customer service and outcomes is key. Our roles are challenging, you need to be able to prioritise and manage varying workloads, handle pressure and build good relationships with your team.

You'll need a willingness to learn and we want you to be passionate. After all, it's important for us that you love what you do. Additionally, you must have the aptitude and commitment to continue learning and successfully attain professional qualifications and technical skills. If you want to be a part of a dynamic work environment while being rewarded for your creativity, innovation and determination, start your career with Zurich.

Qualifying for the programme

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Prior to 2017:

  • A minimum of 4 grade Ds at Ordinary Level and 2 Grade C3 at Higher Level
  • Leaving Certificate subjects must include Mathematics and English or Irish
  • An E grade in Higher Level Mathematics, and a B2 in Foundation Mathematics is a minimum entry requirement
  • A minimum of 140 points is required for entry to all Level 8 courses.

2017 onwards:

  • A minimum of 4 grades 4o6/H7 and 2 grade H5 or higher Leaving Certificate subjects
  • Leaving Certificate subjects must include Mathematics and English or Irish
  • With English or Irish with O6/H7 and Mathematics with F2/o6/H7
  • A minimum of 160 points is required for entry to all Level 8 courses


For students who are over 23 on January 1st of the year of entry, interviews and other selection tools will be used to assess suitability, replacing the minimum requirements above.

Learners who have a full FETAC level 5 qualification or higher will also be eligible to join the programme.

How to apply

If you are interested in finding out more about how to apply for an Apprenticeship with Zurich, check out our How to Apply page. 


Why consider an earn & learn apprenticeship

Check out what one of our General Insurance Apprentices, Cian Doyle, had to say regarding the three year earn and learn programme