NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual is one of the leading general insurers and financial services organisations in the UK. From our humble beginnings in 1910, we've grown into a leading UK insurer with an award-winning portfolio of products. Now, with a strong team of over 3,500 and approaching a £1.5 billion annual turnover, we have an ever-growing customer base, impressive solvency margin and an exciting range of career opportunities.

Our Professional Trainee Scheme helps us find and develop people who may, one day, lead our business. Every year, we look forward to taking on new trainees and watching them grow and develop into amazing, integral parts of our organisation. If you're looking for incredible support and opportunities and you'd like to build a career on solid foundations, look no further.

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Case Studies

[casestudy]
  • Name: Jeff Puckering
  • Role: Professional Trainee
  • Joined: 2018

"There's so much training available. That's why NFU Mutual was made for me."

Description:

There's so much training available. That's why NFU Mutual was made for me. I knew I had the ability to develop a career here, I just needed the training to give me the specialist knowledge.

I'm only three months into the Professional Trainee Scheme. I'm on the corporate scheme and we do four placements over three years. When I say we, there's only four of us on my scheme! Which is great, because it means you have a lot of time, energy and resources focused on you.

At the moment I'm in HR, then it's off to Marketing, then Strategy. My final placement's with Group Programme Management. It's great to get such a broad view of the company. Yes, it can be pretty intense but it's impressive to know that the company is putting that much investment into you and your development. In my current placement, I've been shadowing people on a couple of HR projects. They're big projects which affect a large part of the business, so I get quite a lot of exposure to senior managers. I also have – and I've been pleasantly surprised by this – real input into these projects.

Your ideas are listened to and, providing they're good ones, taken on board as part of the plan. I've also been to one of the regional service centres and plan to visit all nine of them. So I'm getting out and about. And I love that. I mean, it's quite easy, in a role like HR, to get trapped at your desk, but it's not like that here. You're encouraged to see the business, meet people and spread your wings!

[casestudy]
  • Name: Jamie Glover
  • Role: Professional Trainee
  • Joined: 2018

Description:

The support and training we receive has really helped me to develop and I'm excited about future opportunities within the business.

If you're thinking about applying for the scheme, do it. You see and learn so much and the support's great. In each of the placements you have a placement manager. You can go to them with pretty much anything. And then, sitting behind them, there's the Talent and Leadership Team to support you. Everyone here has bought into the scheme, so when you're doing your placement they understand that you sometimes need time off to study, or to go on a course to continue your development.

You'll also have the opportunity to gain a professional qualification. By the time I've finished the scheme I'll be ACII qualified. I'll also have achieved Prince2 Practitioner status, a project management qualification. In addition I'm doing some work through the Institute of Leadership and Management, as well as attending courses to enhance my IT and presentation skills. All really useful. Towards the end of the scheme we have a Career Development Centre taking place, where we'll be assessed by senior managers. It'll be tough, I'm sure, but I'm up for the challenge!

What do you need to get on here? I'd say adaptability. Each placement tests you in a different way. And you need to be prepared to take yourself outside your comfort zone, because it's the best way to learn. Strong interpersonal skills are important too, so that you can build great working relationships as you move around the business. And you've got to be able to manage your own time because I can guarantee you will have a lot going on.

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