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Brock’s Talent Bridge program has resumed accepting graduates from accredited post-secondary schools and programs to enroll in an online course that will provide professional training in the insurance industry. 

Talent Bridge offers 11 weeks of skill and career-readiness training, as well as preparation for a level one broker or agent licence, and connections to partnering organizations who are actively hiring. Participants in the curriculum are prepared for entry-level positions in account management, customer support, claims and insurance sales. 

Talent Bridge was initially launched by Brock’s Co-op, Career and Experiential Education (CCEE) department in 2020, but had to pause operation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now that the program has resumed operation, the next training period is slated to run from Jan. 17, 2022 to Apr. 1, 2022 and will cost $5,200. The fee is only payable if students are accepted into the program and is not paid at the time of application. Participants will get 80 per cent of the program fee reimbursed if they are successfully recruited and complete a probationary term with one of the program’s partners.

This year’s modules include: Introduction to Talent Bridge and the Insurance Industry, Insurance Industry Tools, Sales Bootcamp, Customer Service Fundamentals, Level 1 RIBO/OTL Exam Preparation, and Final Reflection and Recruitment Preparation.

Participants will expand their professional network, get one-on-one mentoring, and be eligible for an exclusive two-week recruiting opportunity upon conclusion of the program through partnerships with new and returning partners.

Talent Bridge applications are now live and will close on Friday, Nov. 26. Eligibility for the program requires the completion of postsecondary, with a minimum college diploma or university undergraduate degree and legal eligibility to work in Ontario. Applicants must submit a statement of interest and an autobiographical profile, as well as a copy of their current resume, transcript, and up to three professional letters of reference. Acceptance letters will be distributed during the week of Dec. 13, 2022, and payment in full is expected two weeks before the training begins.

The Talent Bridge team will analyze each applicant’s professional and academic history as part of the application process, as well as conduct virtual interviews with candidates to verify that their objectives are matched with careers in insurance. Successful participants will work towards completing the training program while also preparing to write entry-level license tests with the Insurance Institute of Canada from January to April.

Potential applicants who want to learn more about Talent Bridge can attend an online information session offered by Brock’s CCEE department on Nov. 4 from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Those who are unable to attend this session may do so at any of the following sessions on Nov. 10, 14, 16, 18, and 24. These sessions can be found on the Talent Bridge website and are free of charge to attend.

Individuals who want to apply or find out more information about Talent Bridge are encouraged to visit their website. Registration for the upcoming information session about the Talent Bridge program can be done on CareerZone. Specific questions about the program can be directed to Jillian Nero, manager of Talent Bridge via email at [email protected].