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Zurich Ireland Apprenticeships

Start an apprenticeship with Zurich, begin your career and earn while you work towards your university degree.

Join a global insurance leader, and love what you do. No matter what you specialise in, or what your goals are, you have a place at Zurich. You'll get responsibility from day one and get the chance to learn from some of the top professionals in the industry.

We have a real focus on our people and culture, and a desire to make a difference to our customers and the communities in which we work.

Our apprenticeship programme is designed to inspire and help you reach your potential. Undertaking our apprenticeship programme means you will have the opportunity to gain industry experience while completing a Bsc (Hons) in Insurance Practice.

Who are we looking for and what entry requirements do you need?

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 also need a willingness to learn and we want you to be passionate about your development. 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.

There are three ways to qualify for the programme:

  1. For those under 23 have a minimum of two leaving cert honours, with a pass in Mathematics and English or Irish.
  2. 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.
  3. Learners who have a full FETAC level 5 qualification will also be eligible to join the programme.


Want to apply?

Can you answer ‘yes’ to these three questions?

  1. Are you motivated to be focussed, diligent and committed to working and studying at the same time? The apprenticeship programme is a superb opportunity but we do expect a significant commitment from our apprentices.
  2. Do you enjoy providing exceptional customer service? Customers are at the heart of our business and we are always looking for ways to improve the way we can improve their experiences.
  3. Do you have the ability to manage your own workload and be an effective part of a team? Working with Zurich you will be given responsibility from the start, and you will be expected contribute to your team and the wider business during your apprenticeship.


The Process.

We use a variety of methods to select the best candidates for the apprenticeship programme.

We welcome applications for the apprentice program in April of each year, closing date for applications is mid May of each year. Please check the website and advertisement for exact dates each year. Successful candidates commence work in early August.

Applications for 2018 apprentice programme are now closed.

If you have a general inquiry regarding the programme, our Talent Acquisition team are here to answer your questions, feel free to reach out to us at

Who we are.

Zurich is one Ireland's leading insurance companies providing a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. The company employs over 1,000 people across its locations in Dublin and Wexford.

Zurich is a strong brand. Zurich in Ireland is part of Zurich Insurance Group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. Zurich has about 53,000 employees worldwide who form the basis of its success, helping our customers in more than 210 countries and territories to understand and protect themselves from risk. In order to deliver our services, we offer a competitive compensation package and interesting opportunities for further training & development. As a Zurich employee you benefit from a multitude of advantages as well as a strong culture, characterised by acceptance, diversity and team spirit.

At Zurich, we are an equal opportunity employer. We attract and retain the best qualified individuals available, without regard to race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Screening Process

Online Application Form

To apply, upload a copy of your CV at: To find the job ad search 'Zurich Ireland Apprenticeship 2018' in the “keywords” section

You must meet the minimum educational criteria, which can be found on the Insurance Institute of Ireland website:

Closing date for applications

Online Tests

Complete the short online Ability Test. It will include multiple choice questions - numerical, verbal and cognitive reasoning. A link to the test will be emailed to you. Make sure you conduct the test in an environment that is free from distractions. (*There are a number of free online practice tests available)

To be completed by

Video Interview

Conduct a short competency based video interview (approximately 25 minutes, using your smart phone, ipad or laptop).

We will assess your motivation for the role, as well as some competencies identified as important such as customer focus, initiative, problem solving, team-work and planning and organisational skills. You will receive tips on how to prepare for this and will have time to practice. You will just have one chance to record your response, make sure you conduct the interview in an environment that is free from distractions.

To be completed by

Assessment Centre

For the final stage, you must be available to attend the half day assessment centre on 09th June, Zurich offices, Drinagh, Wexford. You will have the opportunity to meet our current Apprentices, hiring managers and our HR team.

You will be invited to take part in a number of exercises and one short interview with our hiring managers. You will receive more details in advance and guidance on how to prepare for the assessment centre.

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