Volunteer vacancies

This page contains details of our current “Volunteer vacancies” - these are primarily opportunities for members of the IFoA. 

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Current Opportunities

Debbie AtkinsOur current volunteer vacancies are listed below.  Click on any of the headings to find out more.  If there is nothing, at present, which is attractive to you, please subscribe via the RSS feed below, to be kept up to date as new opportunities are advertised on this page, and take a look at our Directory of Opportunities, or contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement (pictured left), for more information.

 

 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

 

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Fellow, Neil Bruce, is the Chair of the “Towards the optimal reserving process” (GI ROC) working party.  He is keen to hear from members practising in general insurance with detailed reserving experience (preferably relating to a number of organisations) who would like to join this working party.

 

The aim of this working party is to create ideas and output relating to the development of practical solutions to current issues within reserving.   The aim is also to have the research completed by May for a presentation and paper to be delivered at the GIRO Conference in 2015.

 

Time Commitment and Tenure:  It is estimated that members will be asked to devote 2-4 hours per month to the research for this working party and this will include attendance at a monthly meeting.  Meetings are usually held in London and attendance can be in person, or by conference call.

 

How to get involved:  If you would like to offer your support and volunteer to be considered for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your relevant skills and experience and brief reasons for wishing to become involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.   All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair and it is hoped that the working party will be in place by November. 

 

 

Friday, October 24, 2014

 

The Chair of the GI ROC Peril-Based Reserving working party is looking for pro-active members to volunteer to join this working party seeking to extend the frontier of the professions’ approach to reserving.  The terms of reference are to:

 

  • capture and express the ‘peril-based’ framework for the emergence of risk, the manifestation of claims and their settlement
  • apply this framework to the analysis of claims (e.g. exposure, causality and emergence of losses, settlement ‘pathways’, including recoveries and re-opening of claims)
  • apply and evaluate the effectiveness of more granular reserving methods to claims and transaction level data.

 

Time Commitment:   Volunteers will typically be expected to attend between 12 - 20 meetings during the course of the coming year and to perform research between meetings.  It is anticipated that this will equate to approximately 8 – 10 hours per month.  Meetings are held in London, but attendance by conference call is available.

 

The goal is to assist in a workshop presentation at the 2015 GIRO conference and possibly produce a paper summarising our findings at the end of the project. 

 

How to get involved:   If you have general insurance reserving or pricing experience and programming ability and you would like to offer your support and volunteer to be considered for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  Individuals with R programming skills will be particularly welcome.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and an indication of your reasons for wishing to be involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Committee is seeking to hear from experienced General Insurance (GI) members who would like to volunteer to join this Committee and to help deliver an exciting and thought provoking programme for the GIRO Conference 2015.

 

If you work in the GI Practice Area and have an excellent awareness of the current issues, please consider volunteering to join the Committee and help shape the content, topics and theme for GI research and the 2015 GIRO Conference.

 

We are seeking senior, proactive, innovative members from a wide range of areas who wish to contribute and who have ideas for making this a relevant information resource and networking platform.  To complement the skills and experience of the existing committee members we are keen to hear from candidates who have consulting, reinsurance, risk, pricing or reserving backgrounds and/or have a wide network within the insurance industry which they can bring to bear in helping the committee arrange the speaker programme for GIRO.

 

View the detailed task description

 

If you would like to offer your assistance and to be considered for this volunteer vacancy, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please can you indicate your background and relevant experience in this field and outline what particular contribution you feel you could make to the Committee.  Your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Financial Reporting Group (FRG) is currently seeking an accountancy professional to volunteer as a lay member. The FRG aims to support the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) in the formulation and delivery of the IFoA’s opinion on accounting matters through consultation responses or wider engagement with stakeholders.

 

It considers, at a high level, accounting and financial reporting issues affecting the relevant IFoA practice areas for the UK and internationally.  This covers insurance - both life and non-life (including Health & Care) - and pensions.  This coverage is not exhaustive, however, and other areas of focus may become relevant over the course of the FRG’s work.

 

Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate would have: 

  • Significant experience with the IASB
  • Extensive knowledge of IFRS’s and the technical content within them
  • Extensive knowledge in the technical arena of accounting as it pertains to actuaries

 

What is involved:

The volunteer will be asked to:

  • help the FRG develop and draft responses to relevant consultations
  • contribute to CPD events on Financial Reporting

 

Time Commitment:     The FRG meeting quarterly for approximately 2 hours.  The volunteer would be expected to attend these meetings as often as possible and would be required to support the Group by contributing to consultation response drafts, as appropriate.

 

Registering interest:  If you would like to offer your support, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteering at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries providing a CV or a brief note of your relevant skills and experience together with your reasons for wishing to be involved.  All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair of this group.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Actuary magazine, the leading publication for the actuarial profession, is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic actuary who would like to join the editorial team as a Features editor.

 

What is involved:

As a Features editor you will:  

  • Be the point of contact for authors to submit articles;
  • Communicate with authors, the Editor and the publisher;
  • Edit articles so that they can be understood and have broad appeal to The Actuary’s wide readership;
  • Provide feedback to authors in the event that material is not suitable for publishing;
  • Review the articles laid out for print and provide feedback to the publisher on amendments;
  • Contribute to discussions with the rest of the editorial team to shape the content in The Actuary magazine.

 

You will also have the opportunity to network within the actuarial profession and externally.

 

Time commitment: The role is flexible, but it is anticipated that you will spend around one or two days each month, which includes liaising with the editorial team on conference calls and at team meetings.

 

Who should apply: This role would be perfect for a student or qualified member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in any area of specialism, who enjoys reading and writing, interacting with thought leaders and gaining a wider perspective of issues that are of interest to actuaries. 

 

How to apply: To express your interest in this role, or for more information, please contact the Editor, Kelvin Chamunorwa on editor@theactuary.com 

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received, rather than waiting until after the closing date.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

 

The Professionalism Content Development Working Group (PCDWG) is seeking to appoint approximately three volunteers to join this group to help develop case study-based video content and supporting materials for experienced members.  The videos are filmed using actors.  Members of the PCDWG also deliver Professional Skills Training at events and conferences. The content for experienced members is used for face-to-face delivery at events and conferences as well as viewing online.  An example of the material developed for 2013/2014 can be accessed via this page and directly here.

 

View the Task and Person Specification for this project based volunteer role

 

The Chair of this working group is particularly keen to hear from members with experience in the following practice areas:

 

  • Pensions
  • Finance and Investment
  • Wider fields.

 

How to get involved:  We would like to hear from Fellows and Associate members of the IFoA who have a keen interest in business ethics and professional skills as well as experience of the ethical dilemmas which actuaries face in their daily lives. To offer your support, or to find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your reasons for wishing to be involved, together with a brief note of your relevant experience including any experience which you may have of serving on an in-house ethics/professionalism committee.  This is not essential but would be very helpful.  Please also provide a note of your ARN. 

 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Wessex Actuarial Society (WAS) includes students and qualified members based in the Hampshire, Salisbury and Bournemouth areas of the South Coast of the UK.

 

This society is seeking to hear from a member of the IFoA who is based in this area and who is interested in volunteering to become the Honorary Treasurer.  This opportunity is open to student members and qualified members.  Grateful thanks go to the Society’s current Honorary Treasurer, Alan Twigg, who is stepping down from this role.

 

Benefits – Alan says, “Having been treasurer for nearly 6 years I have thoroughly enjoyed the role.  As weIl as the satisfaction of volunteering for the profession, it has provided me with many opportunities to meet actuaries at varying stages of their career throughout the region. It has given me good experience of committee work and a useful component of my CPD.”

 

If you would like to express an interest in this role, and to find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  Debbie will be happy to put you in contact with, Patrick Lee, the President of the Wessex Actuarial Society.  All offers of support will be progressed as received, rather than waiting until after the closing date.

 

Find out about the Wessex Actuarial Society.

 

 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Institute and Faculty of Actuary's (IFoA's) vision is that, where there is uncertainty of future financial outcomes, actuaries are trusted and sought after for their valued analysis and authority.  As such, a key role of the actuary is often to assimilate complex financial information and improve decision making through analytics.  Underpinning this is often the idea of rational outcomes i.e. the most sensible and pragmatic decision. Unfortunately, decision makers are often not rational and this can lead to poor decision making as a result of personal preferences and behavioural bias. The aim of this cross-practice working party is to review the application of behavioural finance to actuarial work, with the key aims of improving understanding and recommending how behavioural finance can be incorporated into actuarial work to enhance the role of the actuary and lead to more effective decision making.

 

The key aims and objectives will be to:     

 

  • Review existing research regarding behavioural finance;
  • Highlight the areas in which behavioural finance is critical to actuaries (e.g. consumers and end users of actuarial advice);  
  • Highlight how these areas have been impacted by recent changes (e.g. role of the Financial Conduct Authority, actuarial standards and the budget changes for pensions);  
  • Consider the notion of an "optimal decision" with reference to financial analytics, but also satisfaction from the individual making the decision (e.g. regret aversion, etc.);  
  • Suggest how awareness about the benefits of understanding behavioural finance could be improved within the profession.

 

From this working party it is envisaged that a discussion paper/sessional paper will be produced to disseminate the findings to the profession more generally, as well as a series of presentations as the work progresses.

 

We are seeking to hear from members of the IFoA from any field so that we have a good cross section of consulting and non-consulting backgrounds.  Ideally, we would like this group to comprise a broad mix of skills.

 

Time Commitment and Tenure:  It is estimated that members will be asked to devote a day per month to the research for this working party and to dial in, or attend, meetings as required.  Meetings will be held in London but attendance by conference call is available.    It is estimated that this working party will be formed at the end of September and will present findings at the next Risk and Investment Conference and other fora’s.

 

How to get involved:  If you would like to offer your support please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your relevant experience and brief reasons for wishing to become involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful. 

 

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Portfolio Theory and Risk Management. Maciej J. Capiński & Ekkehard Kopp.

 

With its emphasis on examples, exercises and calculations, this book suits advanced undergraduates as well as postgraduates and practitioners. It provides a clear treatment of the scope and limitations of mean-variance portfolio theory and introduces popular modern risk measures. Proofs are given in detail, assuming only modest mathematical background, but with attention to clarity and rigour. The discussion of VaR and its more robust generalizations, such as AVaR, brings recent developments in risk measures within range of some undergraduate courses and includes a novel discussion of reducing VaR and AVaR by means of hedging techniques. A moderate pace, careful motivation and more than 70 exercises give students confidence in handling risk assessments in modern finance.

 

What is involved:  We are seeking to hear from a member of the IFoA (Fellow, Honorary Fellow, Associate or Affiliate member) with strong writing and editorial skills who has the time to read and review this book for the IFoA and to provide a report by 21 November 2014. 

 

Skills and Experience:  We are looking for someone with strong writing and editorial skills who ideally has previous experience of reviewing actuarial books.  This is desirable but not essential.

 

View details   

 

How to volunteer:  If you would like to volunteer to take on this task for the IFoA please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a brief overview of your relevant experience and your reason for wishing to take on this task.  All expressions of interest will be considered by the Editor of Annals of Actuarial Science and a decision will be made by 10 October.  The member selected to review this book will be sent a copy of the book which will be theirs to keep after completing the task.

 

 

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Finance and Investment Board's Education, Research and CPD (ERCPD) Subcommittee is looking to appoint members to a new Matured Mortgage Endowment Redress Working Party. 

 

The Working Party will be mainly concerned with low cost endowments and to a lesser extent with low start endowments. Hundreds of thousands of these polices are maturing leaving substantial shortfalls. For instance the maturity pay-out could be £24,000 in respect of a mortgage target of £30,000--that is a shortfall of £6,000. The aims and objectives of the Working Party will be to study the product providers' procedures and documentation, to establish whether or not the consumers can claim the shortfall of £6,000 despite the fact that there is no policy guarantee of the £30,000 at maturity.

 

The aims and objectives will be to consider the salient issues, such as:-  

 

  • Probability and severity of shortfalls--Policyholders' Reasonable Expectations;  
  • Consumer surveys to establish what the policyholders were told at policy inception--did the adviser tell them that the endowment would meet target?;
  • Policy documentation for any undue bias in inducing the policyholders to take out the endowments--especially policy illustrations;  
  • Examine the Lautro Schedule 2 Code to verify whether or not the advisers complied with this code;  
  • Consider the law to determine if there was non-disclosure on the part of the product provider at the inception of the policy--did the product provider contravene Insurance Companies Act 1982 Section 73?;  
  • Cases running into retirement where the consumer was told the surrender value would pay off the mortgage at his retirement date, can he claim at this date for the difference between target and the policy surrender value?;  
  • Special cases where the product provider claims that it transacts the business on a Direct Offer basis;  
  • Ombudsman Decisions on the FOS website Decision Reference Numbers.

 

Time Commitment and Tenure:  It is estimated that members will be asked to devote a day per month to the research for this working party and to dial in, or attend, meetings as required.  Meetings will be held in London but attendance by conference call is available.    It is estimated that this working party will be formed in September 2014 and will present findings at the next Risk and Investment Conference and other fora’s. 

 

How to get involved:  If you would like to offer your support please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your relevant skills and experience and brief reasons for wishing to become involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful. 

 

 

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

 

We are seeking to appoint proactive, innovative volunteers with an interest in professional discipline and standards to take on the roles of volunteer actuaries of our Investigation Actuaries Pool.

 

Background: Investigations under the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Disciplinary Scheme are undertaken by a team of three, comprising an Investigation Actuary, a Case Officer (from the IFoA’s Disciplinary Investigation Team) and a legal adviser ( from the IFoA’s retained legal advisers). The Case Report is presented in the name of the Investigation Actuary, so it is vital that he or she is fully engaged in the process throughout.

 

View Task and Person Specification for details

 

If you are interested in being considered as a member of the IFoA’s Investigation Actuaries Pool please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement. When contacting Debbie please provide details of your relevant experience and a note of your reasons for wishing to volunteer for this role. A note of your ARN, or membership of another professional body, would be most helpful. All expressions of interest will be considered by the Disciplinary Appointments Committee at their next meeting after the offer of support is received and you will be advised when a decision will be taken.

 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

We are seeking to appoint proactive, innovative volunteers with an interest in professional discipline and standards to take on the roles of volunteer actuaries of the IFoA’s Disciplinary Pool.

 

View Task and Person Specification for details

 

If you are interested in being considered as a member of the IFoA’s Disciplinary Pool please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and a note of your reasons for wishing to volunteer for this role.  A note of your ARN, or membership of another professional body would be most helpful.  All expressions of interest will be considered by the Disciplinary Appointments Committee at their next meeting after the offer of support is received and you will be advised when a decision will be taken.

 

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Our Education Directorate are seeking to hear from Fellows, Associates and Honorary Fellows who already have experience of setting and marking the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' exams (or equivalent experience) and who would now like to be considered for the role of Independent Examiners for the IFoA. 

 

This is a very senior and an important appointment and as such we take considerable care in the selection process. 

 

The Role:  Independent Examiners are appointed by the IFoA to assist in monitoring the quality and standards of accredited university degree programmes and university degree programmes with exemption recognition agreements.  They report to our Accreditation and Verification Manager and ultimately to the Education Committee.  For those appointed to acrredited programmes you will be invited to attend an annual review meeting. 

 

The Key Tasks:  Each September, we look at the “bank” of volunteers and notify those who are to be appointed as an Independent Examiner for that academic year.  If you have not been contacted by the end of September, you can assume you have not been chosen for that academic year.  The appointment is for one academic year and you will be assigned to a specific university. After that year, you will go back into the “pool” of Independent Examiners which we retain in this “bank” of names.  During that year you will be asked to:   

  • Review and comment on draft exam papers and course materials.
  • Meet with the university to which you have been assigned.  
  • Attend the university’s Exam Board at the end of the exam period to agree lists of students recommended for exemptions.   
  • Attend the IFoA’s annual review meeting for accredited university programmes.   
  • Attend the IFoA’s Independent Examiners meeting.  (Members may dial in, if preferred).

 

Support:  Once appointed, as a new Independent Examiner, you will receive training and will be paired up with a mentor.  All out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

 

Time Commitment and Tenure:  As a guide, our Independent Examiners have indicated that they devote approximately 1 day per month to this role during the course of the academic year, rising to 7 days per month during the exam period of April – June.   The tenure is for one academic year, with a maximum term (renewed annually) of four years for any one programme.   Once appointed, you would be invited to join a “bank” of volunteers who make up a “pool” upon which we can draw, each year, when appointing our Independent Examiners. 

 

It is important to us to have the right balance of practitioners and academics each year and therefore we are keen to build up a good “bank” of support upon which we can draw.

 

How to apply:  If you would like to be considered as an Independent Examiner, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide a note of your ARN and give brief answers to the following 3 questions:  

  1. We are keen to appoint members who have experience both in actuarial practice and academics involved in teaching actuarial science courses and it would be helpful if you could highlight your relevant experience and provide an indication of your experience in setting and marking the IFoA’s exams, or equivalent.  
  2. It is important that our Independent Examiners have a good working knowledge of the IFoA’s current exam syllabus and structure, please outline your perception of the latest developments.
  3. Please give brief details of what you feel are the greatest strengths of the IFoA’s exam syllabus and structure. 

 

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Education Committee at their next meeting after the offer of support has been received.

 

 

* Professional Development and Responsibility (PDR) - please note, this is one of a number of opportunities whereby members can offer to provide "paid" support for a fixed service.   View details about our PDR.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Our Education Directorate is seeking to hear from Fellows who would like to be considered for the role of Exam Counsellor, for the subjects CA1 and CA3.  This opportunity is suitable for all Fellows, regardless of their location.  We are particularly interested to hear from our suitable qualified overseas members.

 

The Role:  Exam Counsellors are appointed by the Profession to help students understand and improve their performance in a particular examination subject.  This is for the ST, SA and CA Subjects.

 

The aim of the exam counselling service is to help students understand:

  • Reasons why they failed the paper
  • How to improve their examination performance in their specific subject
  • How to improve their examination technique generally.

 

There are three types of counselling service provided for students:

  • Meeting – typically 60 -90 minutes
  • Written report only
  • Written report with option of a follow-up telephone call.

 

The Key Tasks:  You would need to be available for exam counselling meetings, especially during busy periods in July, August, December and January, to offer at least two days for each exam session based at one of the three office locations.

 

During the year you will be asked to:

  • Provide available dates and locations that you can attend the Exam Counselling meetings
  • Take on both Meeting and Report applications and review the student’s exam paper, provide a comprehensive written report for the student to help them with their next exam sitting.

 

Support:  Administrative support for the role will be provided by the Education Services Team, and a handbook will be provided containing sample reports as a guide.  Training will be provided for this role.

 

Time Commitment and Tenure:  You should set aside approximately 2 hours preparation time per report.  You should also allocate time to familiarise yourself with the subject paper and examiner’s report.  In order to undertake the role we will ask you to prepare some sample reports for peer review and observe one of the meetings, with an experienced Exam Counsellor.  We would expect you to be added to the bank of Exam Counsellors for a two year period, and at the end of this period we will contact you to agree on further periods.

 

How to apply:  If you would like to be considered as an Exam Counsellor please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, with brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role.  Please also include details of your preferred subject area.

 

*PDR - Professional Development and Responsibility: In addition to the traditional volunteer roles and tasks which our members undertake each year, there are also a number of other opportunities whereby members can offer to provide “paid” support for a fixed service. These opportunities are not by definition, “volunteering” roles. However, we recognise that the fee paid is nominal and we, as a profession, are therefore extremely grateful to, and reliant on, those members who provide this service to enhance and develop our profession.  Any member wishing to be considered for these opportunities can identify them on the "volunteer vacancies" webpage by reference to [PDR] in the title.

 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

If you would like to volunteer to deliver a talk at a Regional Society event,  please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  

 

When contacting Debbie, please provide brief details of the topic and content of your proposed talk and a note of the geographical location/s which might be of interest to you.  Full details of our current Regional Actuarial Activities can be viewed on our website under the Member tab.

 

In addition, details of how to recommend a speaker, or to volunteer to be considered as a speaker, at one of the future IFoA events or residential conferences can be found here.

 

 

 

Friday, November 7, 2014

As part of our digital strategy, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is engaged in a range of digital projects. 

 

To help us with this, we have set up a Digital Volunteer Group -  a group of people of all membership categories to be our experts in bringing forward ideas, commenting and guiding us through these projects so that the outcomes will truly reflect our members needs. 

 

There are no formal criteria for members who would like to be a part of this group – all that we ask is that you have an interest in websites, and a familiarity with the profession’s own site, and/or an interest in or previous experience of online learning.  We would also expect members to have an understanding of the ‘member journey’ concept.  No special technical knowledge is required.

 

Membership of the "Digital Volunteer Group" is a great opportunity to get involved with important projects which will have long term benefits for members of the IFoA, so if this sort of thing interests you and you would like to join the Group, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, in order to register your interest and to find out more.

 

 

  

 

 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Providing financial education in London – Through the Livery Schools Link, London-based Worshipful Company of Actuaries has teamed up with BEE (Teaching Business Enterprise and Employability in Schools) to provide financial education to young people in the London area, especially in Tower Hamlets. 

 

If you are a member of the IFoA and live and/or work in, or near London, please consider volunteering to share your enthusiasm and your knowledge of finance with young people in London’s schools.

 

View an  “Introduction to the BEE Programme”

 

To find out more and to be invited to attend an introductory talk which will illustrate what is involved, the materials that will support you, and the time commitment involved, please contact Thomas Olunloyo to register your interest.

 

 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Some members have expressed a desire for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) to help facilitate opportunities for members to provide financial education in schools.  A pilot scheme is therefore being run in Scotland. 

 

If you are a member of the IFoA and live and/or work in Scotland, please consider volunteering to share your knowledge of finance with young people in Scotland’s schools. 

 

The Financial Education Partnership: 

We have teamed up with the Financial Education Partnership (FEP) which is administered by the Chartered Banker Institute, and is an initiative shared by a number of organisations, all of whom are dedicated to providing financial education for young people today.  Through the FEP, volunteers deliver workshops on financial capability and a range of other topics, to secondary and primary pupils in schools throughout Scotland. 

 

The FEP delivers a full programme and is always looking to recruit more facilitators to volunteer their time to go out to the schools and deliver these pre-prepared workshops.

 

Success: 

In the last academic year, FEP volunteers visited 124 schools in Scotland and delivered 682 workshops reaching an estimated 24,000 primary and secondary pupils Scotland-wide.  Without the volunteers, none of this would have been possible. 

 

Training and Materials: 

As a volunteer facilitator, the FEP would provide all the workshop materials to you and also provides regular training courses including presentation skills training for volunteers who have never done any presentation work before.  As part of the training, they cover all the workshop materials, and how to deliver in schools. 

 

Topics: 

The materials cover a range of topics from money management and budgeting to team working and interview skills, volunteers sign up to help students make the transition from school to the workplace, but also to ensure that pupils leave with the ability to make informed, financial decisions throughout their adult life.

 

8 different workshops are offered.  View details of the Managing your Money workshop material. 

 

Time Commitment: 

Whilst it is hoped volunteers will deliver at least three workshops per year, there are no set number of workshops you are required to deliver, you can do as many as you wish.  The required time commitment from volunteers would generally be anything from two days per year upward, depending on the level of involvement.  This could be broken down as: 

  • Attending a full day training course on the workshop material, with options to attend other courses if desired (one day)  
  • Attend a real classroom workshop as an observer (one hour plus travel)
  • Deliver at least three classroom workshops per year (one hour per workshop plus travel).

 

If you are interested in finding out more, and in volunteering to provide assistance, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your ARN.  Debbie will put you in touch with Chris Finlay at the Chartered Banker Institute.

 

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Please consider becoming a Career Ambassador ... and encourage young people to join our profession.

 

Jenni Hughes, our Careers Marketing Leader, would like to encourage members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) to volunteer to become a Career Ambassador.  Jenni is seeking the support of both UK and International Students, Associates, Affiliates and Fellows who would like to pro-actively speak at schools, colleges and universities and to represent the IFoA at career fairs and other events, from time to time.

 

To volunteer to act as a Career Ambassador you should be employed and working towards your qualification. You need to be confident enough to be able to talk about your route into the profession and your current role. You should also be in a position to know a bit about the current exams and how the profession works and what we do.

 

Jenni has put together a helpful booklet which amongst other things answers the following frequently asked questions:

  • Who can apply?
  • How does this work?
  • What can you get involved in?
  • Responding to requests?

 

View this booklet, called "Become a Career Ambassador" 

 

If you meet the above criteria and would like to volunteer in this way, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  Please provide your ARN and a note of the geographical location you would be prepared to cover.

 

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

As part of our International strategy of “proactive engagement” we have created the first in a series of International Feedback Groups.  The first two focus on the following:

 

  • One to help the IFoA to provide a more comprehensive offering to members based in China and South East Asia; and
  • One to help the IFoA to provide a more comprehensive offering to members based in India. 

 

These International Feedback Groups are made up of members living and/or working in these countries and operate in much the same way as our pioneering ‘400 Club’.  During the course of each year, we will send members of each group up to a maximum of three online surveys.  These surveys can be completed online at a time that suits you, over a two to three week period.  The results will help the IFoA in tracking our International strategy and in better understanding how we can serve the varied and evolving needs of our members.  

 

Your input will also be a valuable resource for the IFoA's International Board.

 

If you are a member of the IFoA and are either based in China / South East Asia or in India, or have an excellent knowledge of, or connections in, these countries and would like to be part of either of these groups, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your name, ARN, and brief details illustrating your main reason/s for wishing to be involved.  

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Organisations with at least 3 qualified actuaries who are members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries are encouraged to appoint a CPD Co-ordinator.  A CPD Co-ordinator need not be a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. 

 

Read about the role of a CPD Co-ordinator

 

Engaging with Employers:   The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries wants to engage with employers more closely.  CPD Co-ordinators provide a mechanism for the IFoA to promulgate new ways of obtaining CPD within employers' offices; to share opportunities for teams and/or individuals within organisations; and also for us to receive feedback and suggestions from the organisations that are owned by or employ our members.  To help share best practice and encourage networking and the sharing of ideas, CPD Co-ordinators are invited to attend a half day CPD Co-ordinators' annual briefing, at Staple Inn Hall, in London, each autumn. 

 

Getting involved:  If you would like to volunteer to take on this role for your organisation, or to check whether your organisation has appointed a CPD Co-ordinator already, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your ARN, if applicable.

 

 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

 

 Some geographic regions do not currently have Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) activities in their area. As part of our work, we are developing "tool kits" to allow members to volunteer to create new groups in their local area, and to expand the opportunities which currently exist. This took kit will include check lists and helpful suggestions, providing a step by step guide to creating and running a CPD or networking event, as well as instructions for using some of our online material in a group session and how to record verifiable CPD.  It will also share best practice and highlight how to set up a committee to help you run these events.

 

View current Regional Actuarial Activity

 

If you live and/or work in an area which does not currently have any Regional Actuarial Activity and you have a good network of other members of the IFoA in the same geographic area, please consider volunteering to help establish a new Regional Society for the IFoA.

 

We are seeking proactive, enthusiastic members to volunteer to work with the IFoA to make use of these resources and to establish a new group.

 

How to get involved:  If you would like to find out more and to consider volunteering to get involved, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a brief note of your reasons for wishing to be involved, your geographic location, and a brief description of the number of members you think may attend such events in your area.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.   All expressions of interest will be followed up by the IFoA’s Regions Leader with input from the Membership Director.

 

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

As part of their remit to engage with members living and working in Scotland, the Scottish Board has launched an initiative called “Knowledge Sharing Scotland” and it delivers technical and professional CPD training, to small (20 – 40) groups of actuaries in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, throughout the year.

 

The purpose is to better engage with employers of actuaries; to bring these sessions to their offices, provide networking, offer CPD, and to deliver additional events and valuable knowledge to members living and working in Scotland.

 

To view the current programme please visit the "Regional actuarial activity" webpage.  

 

The Scottish Board are seeking to hear from members who would be prepared to volunteer to support this resource either as: 

 

  • A speaker at a future event, and or 
  • To host a lunchtime event in their office

 

If you would like to offer your support, or find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please indicate the type of support you would be willing to provide with as much detail as possible.  A note of your ARN, if applicable, would also be helpful.

 

 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One of the key elements of the IFoA's strategy is 'to offer excellent support that meets members' varied and evolving needs'.  To help track our progress the IFoA's "400 Club" was created and launched in December 2011.  The "400 Club" is our online feedback group made up of 400 of our members - a cross section of our membership. 

 

One member of the 400 Club said,

  • "Involvement with the 400 Club has provided a unique opportunity to give input to a wide range of issues and questions being considered by the profession – a real chance to get your voice heard on the things that matter to all members."

 

Read more about the pioneering "400 Club"

 

The 400 Club is currently full, however, we are actively seeking members of the IFoA to volunteer to join the reserve list.  We require a wide representation of the membership on the reserve list.  When a vacancy becomes available a new member of the 400 Club is selected from the reserve list to best match the profile of the member who is stepping down.  To allow members to have their say, we refresh the membership of the Club each year.   

 

How to offer support:  If you are a member of the IFoA and willing to offer support and to join the reserve list, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie it would be helpful if you could indicate if you are a Student, Fellow, Associate or Affiliate member, provide the geographic location where you are based, and a note of your ARN.