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Zurich Canada Apprenticeship Program


The Opportunity



Are you looking for a caring, collaborative, values-driven workplace with inspiring teammates and leaders? Do you have a genuine curiosity, interest and ambition to pursue a career in insurance at the most impactful global insurance provider in the world? Look no further than Zurich Canada.   


Zurich Canada is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for our inaugural 2024 Apprenticeship Program. This two-year program is scheduled to start in September 2024, but please apply now for early consideration.    


Our innovative General Insurance Apprentice Program allows participants to simultaneously gain the education and the experience to launch a rewarding career in commercial insurance.  


The two-year program offered in Toronto, ON combines targeted coursework at Seneca Polytechnic in North York, with relevant work rotations at Zurich Canada’s head office at First Canadian Place, Downtown Toronto.  


This is a hybrid work opportunity with in-office presence required. 



Apprentices who successfully complete this two-year program will: 


  • Work in a paid, benefit-eligible full-time position at Zurich 
  • Gain significant experience in the Property and Casualty Commercial Insurance industry 
  • Earn a tuition-free education at Seneca Polytechnic in the Business Insurance Diploma Program with flexible course delivery options
  • Possess credentials and skills for today’s ever-changing marketplace 

We are hiring Apprentices in three areas of Zurich Canada: 



As a Claims Apprentice, you will: 


  • Assist in processing client claims  
  • Working within multiple proprietary systems   
  • Utilize resources and methods of best practices to set up claims accurately  
  • Possible rotation within various lines of claims, i.e. auto, property, general liability, marine  


As an Underwriting Apprentice, you will: 


  • Service accounts through our end-to-end process  
  • Access and evaluate underwriting processes implementing best practices  
  • Follow instructions from underwriters in areas of policy rating and pricing  
  • Review and application of mandatory policy forms in relation to accounts  
  • Resolve inquiries from brokers, underwriters, and internal customers  


As a Risk Engineering Apprentice, you will: 


  • Assist in performing assessments to analyze and evaluate exposures, and help customers understand and manage their risk 
  • Collaborate with underwriting teams to help with risk selection and retention.   
  • Assist in providing detailed risk assessments of our customers’ facilities focusing on fire protection, special hazards, natural catastrophe exposures 

What you bring to the table



Basic Qualifications: 


  • High School Diploma or equivalent 
  • Professional work experience is not required 
  • The desire to participate in academic courses and work at Zurich Canada, involving approximately 22.5 hours of office time and 15 hours dedicated to coursework 


Once you successfully complete the recruitment process through Zurich Canada, your next step will be completion of the admissions process at Seneca Polytechnic to be eligible to qualify for the Apprenticeship program. (By submitting your application to Zurich Canada for this position, you agree to have your personal information shared with Seneca Polytechnic College to commence the admissions process) 


Preferred Qualifications: 


  • 1 or more years of work experience and/or leadership role in student activities and/or significant voluntary community service 
  • Interest in pursuing a career in insurance 
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and work deadlines 
  • Strong customer service skills 
  • Collaboration and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to communicate with impact 
  • High degree of self-discipline and focus 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Ability to collaborate and work successfully in a team environment 
  • Intermediate computer skills, especially Excel  
  • Ability to navigate learning and interactions in an online environment 



As part of the application process, we kindly request that you submit a Motivation Statement along with your resumePlease attach this document in the "Cover Letter" field of the application.


In a separate Microsoft Word document, we require a brief statement that highlights your motivation for applying to the Zurich Apprenticeship Program. This document should also explain why you believe you are the best candidate for this opportunity. Please pay careful attention to the following guidelines while preparing your motivation statement: 


a. Content: Clearly articulate your motivation for pursuing an apprenticeship with Zurich Canada. Explain what interests you about the program and how it aligns with your career goals. Additionally, highlight any relevant skills, experiences, or achievements that make you stand out as a candidate. 


b. Format: Your motivation statement should be well-structured, concise, and written in a professional manner. Ensure that it is error-free, easily readable, and follows a logical flow. 


c. Length: The motivation statement should be between 150-300 words. Please adhere to this word limit as it allows us to efficiently evaluate all applications. 


Our Culture



At Zurich, we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging (DEIB). We want you to bring your whole self to work, and we want our employees to be reflective of the communities in which we live and work. Our DIEB initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome.  


We have a collaborative culture where diversity of thought is valued. We value your input and strive to give our employees the tools they need to make an impact.   


We care about our employees’ well-being and offer a comprehensive health/benefits plan with varying levels of coverage to suit your specific needs and a competitive total compensation package.  


We understand how important it is to rest, recharge and do the things you love. At Zurich, all employees receive a minimum of four weeks of vacation per year to do just that.  


We also understand that employees require time off for personal reasons. Maybe you have an appointment during a workday, a cultural or religious holiday you would like to observe, or you need time off to focus on your mental health. Zurich employees receive four personal days per year to be used at their discretion.   


We are committed to continuous improvement, and offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities.   


We care about our communities. Our communities are where our customers, people, and shareholders live and work. While we can be proud of the contribution to society Zurich makes through our core business of insurance, we must also give back to our communities through our talent, time and resources.  


Make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported. Love what you do. Work for us.  

About Us


Zurich Canada is part of the Zurich Insurance Group, a multi-line insurer with approximately 55,000 employees worldwide serving customers in global and local markets. Zurich Canada has been a leading insurance provider serving mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in the Canadian commercial market for 100 years. With over 500 employees in offices across the country, Zurich offers the global strength of a top insurance provider combined with in-depth knowledge of industries and local markets. Zurich Canada aspires to be risk management professionals’ first choice as their premier partner to help meet the risk challenges of today and tomorrow. Read more at  

A future with Zurich


Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. We are a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. Today, we serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology and insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, Zurich strives to provide ongoing career development opportunities and foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our people, our customers and the communities we serve.


As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and barrier-free environment resulting in an accessible organization for employees, customers, and other parties who interact with, or on behalf of, Zurich. We strive to achieve a workplace free of discrimination of all forms, including discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability, or medical condition. If you are interested in a job opportunity, please advise if you require an accommodation, so we can work with you to provide a more accessible process. 


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