Apprentices and graduate training has become one of Pro Global key drivers to developing staff, both new and experienced, building on a proud history of training and investment that has long been paying dividends.
SoGlos visited the fast-growing Gloucester-based firm, which now employs 350 in the city (650 staff globally), to find out how some of those just starting to grow their careers with the firm are benefitting.
Maea Browning joined Pro Global as a Level 3 human resources apprentice in June 2021.
The firm, she said, has allowed her to work in different departments to grow her experience of the business and discover where her skills and interests lie.
She also credited the opportunity to work alongside more experienced staff with helping her learn how to deal with people and manage relationships with clients.
‘It has really boosted my confidence in my communication and social skills,’ said Browning, 19, a former Gloucestershire College student. It did not take her long to realise there were ‘lots of opportunities’ at Pro Global to develop herself further and progress her career.
A former student at Gloucester's Sir Thomas Rich's School, Aadam Hassanjee started working life in the family business before moving to another well-known Gloucestershire insurance firm, a role he says helped prepare him well for his eventual move to Pro Global. He is now a team leader looking after 16 staff.
Hassanjee is also studying towards a Level 3 team management apprenticeship and describes opportunity at the firm as ‘extensive’.
There are, he said, ‘a lot of people who are willing to help and support you on your journey... and no two jobs here are the same’.
Zakk Powell is another team leader at Pro Global about to complete a team management Level 3 apprenticeship with the Chartered Management Institute.
In April 2022, Pro also sponsored him to complete a Level 4 Diploma with the CIM, a globally recognised insurance qualification.
He currently manages a team performing three main functions for a London-based broker, including premium processing, credit control and accounts receivable.
His verdict on the apprenticeship? ‘I would recommend this apprenticeship to any budding manager, or even current managers looking to develop their careers.’
As Chris Crawford points out, his job title, ‘consultant’ at Pro Global, could cover many different roles.
‘For me, I focus on our digital data and analytics offerings. I help clients transform their data and processes, as well as provide various management reporting services,’ said Crawford, who is studying towards a Level 6 apprenticeship degree in digital and technology solutions.
‘Once completed, I will have a full BSc degree. For me, it’s helping me grow my skills and knowledge that can be extended to clients. It is allowing me to progress faster than just picking things up within the workplace. I would massively recommend it to anyone who was interested.’