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Apprenticeship level 7 (Actuary) – Assessors, Case Study and question bank Writers

Following the successful introduction of the UK Government Apprenticeship Scheme, which offers an apprenticeship levy to employers to support their employees through their learning journey. The IFoA, in support of this new route to qualification are becoming an End Point Assessor Organisation (EPAO), and will be responsible for administering the assessment requirement.

Individuals will still be expected to apply to the IFoA for membership in the traditional way, and will need to gain a pass or an exemption in all 10 of the CB, CM, CS and CP exams, as well as the Professional Skills and Personal, Professional and Development requirements.

Once a candidate has accomplished the above they will be required to pass both a case study and interview based assessments in order to achieve the certificate from the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

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End-point assessment

  • A Case Study that demonstrates the capability of the apprentice to deliver the core functions of the role and covers a variety of requirements from across the standard.
  • A portfolio-based Interview, reviewing the skills, knowledge and behaviours developed throughout the apprenticeship, focussing particularly on the remaining areas of the standard not evidenced by the Case Study.

What we are looking for

In preparation of the IFoA carrying out these assessments we are seeking:

  • Writers to create a library of case studies and questions for a question bank
  • Assessors to carry out the interviews – interview preparation is part of this role

Initially our priority is to create examples from the following practice areas:

  • General Insurance
  • Pensions

We encourage applications from a diverse range of potential candidates, in terms of, but not exclusively gender, age, disability and ethnicity, as well as reflecting the geographical spread and practice areas of our membership.

Task specification

Case Studies

Each case study will need to pose questions and problems which will require the candidate to develop one or more model solutions and produce written documentation, including an audit trail, explanation of the methods used and a presentation of the results.

Through the case study the candidate will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply the skills expected of an actuary, which will be measured against the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours outlined by the industry standard for the Actuary Apprenticeship Level 7.

Assessors

This role will be key in assessing the quality of the submissions, to ensure they contain at least one piece of evidence for each of the twelve Knowledge Skills and Behaviours, and assigning a score according to the grading structure outlined in the assessment methods. 

The Assessor will also prepare and carry out the interview based assessment, using questions from the question bank for consistency across assessments, along with creating follow-up questions which directly relate to the portfolio to ensure complete coverage.

Question bank

We are intending to develop a bank of 36 competency-based questions, which will be used during the interview stage of the assessment. The questions will be required to cover the competencies set out in the Knowledge Skills and Behaviors framework.

Remuneration

The appointment is a nominally paid self-employed contractor role. The fee (gross) is payable per annum, plus out of pocket expenses in accordance with the IFoA’s Volunteer Expenses Policy. The fee will be discussed with any candidate taken forward to interview.

Person specification

Essential

  • be qualified to at least Associateship level  
  • have proven writing skills
  • In depth and up to date knowledge of the subject area(s)
  • Ability to work independently while meeting deadlines
  • Strong and effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Recognising the need to respect cultural and language differences
  • Experience of communicating complex technical actuarial results to a non-technical audience

Desirable

  • An understanding of the UK Government Apprenticeship Scheme
  • An appreciation of the challenges facing professional bodies
  • Experience of developing education materials including syllabi
  • Understanding of the current IFoA’s pre-qualification processes

This is a remunerated role and a fee will be paid

Mutually agreed services will be outlined in a ‘Schedule of services’ which will be provided to you on successful appointment. On successful completion of the services, you will be required to submit an invoice to the IFoA. The IFoA will provide you with a template invoice to use, and this invoice will be processed by a member of the IFoA’s Education Services team. If you wish to view the ‘Schedule of services’ and the applicable terms and conditions, prior to expressing interest in this role, please contact the Quality team. Please note that this role is classified as a ‘Self-Employed Contractor’.

Please also note that every individual who supports the IFoA, be that as a volunteer (member or non-member), or in any other role, including as a self-employed contactor, works in partnership with the IFoA Executive staff to deliver our strategy and Royal Charter, in line with our values.

We are extremely grateful to all who form part of this delivery team, collectively known as our volunteers and as such you will have access to volunteer resources, updates and communications in general. We hope that you find this helpful and valuable to you when delivering your role.


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Events calendar

  • SIAS Event: Actuaries in Non Traditional Fields Talk 1/3

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 March 2020

    Spaces available

    "Advising funeral trusts - avoiding the pitfalls and not getting burnt" 

    In response to our members feedback, for our 2020 programme we are planning 3 talks that explore the work the actuaries do in non traditional actuarial fields. The 1st talk in the trilogy will be presented by Graeme Muir and Nigel Sloan who will cover some of the issues you might need to think about if asked to advise a funeral trust or a similar body - neither pensions nor life assurance.

  • Spaces available

    Investors globally are embracing ESG but what does this involve and can ESG be measured? Louise Dudley, Global Equity Portfolio Manager at Hermes Investment Management will outline the taxonomy often used when talking about ESG (exclusion, screening, engagement, sustainable, impact, responsible investing), talk about the importance of stewardship and engagement, and showcase evidence to the question as to whether ESG adds va

  • KSS event: How is Scotland’s population changing and what are the implications?

    New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh
    5 March 2020

    Spaces available

    The National Records of Scotland (NRS) collects, preserves and produces information about Scotland's people and history to inform current and future generations - work that underpins the fabric of Scottish society and tells the story of our nation. This KSS talk will explore the following and other areas impacting Scotland’s changing population, and assess the potential implications of the changes:

  • Actuarial valuations to monitor defined benefit pension funding

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    9 March 2020

    Spaces available

    This paper addresses one of the fundamentals of actuarial practice: assessing the solvency of a defined benefit pension scheme. It is timely as The Pensions Regulator is reviewing its code of practice on funding, providing an opportunity for the actuarial profession to contribute to an important matter of public interest.

    Sessional paper access code: 56DF2B25

  • Highlights of the Life Conference 2019 - London

    America Square Conference Centre, 17, One Crosswall, America Square, London EC3N 2LB  
    11 March 2020

    Spaces available

    This event will cover the highlights from last year's Life Conference 2019 held in Dublin. The Conference Committee has reviewed session feedback and has put together a high-quality technical programme featuring the best-reviewed sessions from the conference. Book now to ensure your place.

  • Insurance Investment Roundtable (IFoA & PRA) - Register your interest

    Aviva, St Helens, 1 Undershaft, London, EC3P 3DQ
    11 March 2020

    Few spaces available

    The IFoA hosts regular roundtable meetings with the PRA on best practice in insurance investment and the application of the Prudent Person Principle, which governs insurance investment under Solvency II.

    These roundtables are organised by the IFoA’s Finance and Investment Practice Board, supporting its members with access to relevant information on industry and regulatory developments. They have been attended by a diverse group of IFoA members, including insurance CIOs and Heads of ALM, actuarial and investment consultants, insurance asset managers, and investment bankers. 

  • Insurance Investment – Prudent Person Principle & CP22/19

    Aviva, St Helens, 1 Undershaft, London, EC3P 3DQ
    11 March 2020

    Spaces available

    At this event, Alan Sheppard (Head of Insurance Policy, Bank of England) will provide insight into the PRA’s oversight of insurance investment activity and the recent Consultation Paper on the Prudent Person Principle.

    The Finance & Investment Practice Board of the IFoA has hosted regular roundtable meetings with the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) covering best practice in insurance investment and the application of the Prudent Person Principle, which governs insurance investment under Solvency II.

  • Worshipful Company of Actuaries Lecture - Mortality Myths

    George Porter Lecture Theatre B University of Leicester University Road Leicester LE1 7RH
    18 March 2020

    Spaces available

    Jointly hosted by the Worshipful Company of Actuaries (WCA) and the Leicester Actuarial Science Society (LASS).

    Stuart McDonald, Head of Demographics at Lloyds Banking Group, will give us a mortality update, dispelling a few myths along the way!

     

  • Spaces available

    The IFoA and its Social Impact Investment Working Party are delivering a webinar to introduce social impact investing and explore the role of actuaries in this growing field. The presenters will use their international experience of this significant and growing market to:

  • Board agenda: Why Responsible Investing, ESG, and Climate Change matters to Pension Funds, Companies

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London. WC1V 6DR, UK
    19 March 2020

    Fully booked.

    Recent years have seen ESG, Climate Change, and Responsible Investing thrust onto the corporate agenda in every boardroom. The same also be said for pension funds. Expectations of how companies should respond are high and NEDs on Boards are expected to adapt and adjust their guidance to companies accordingly. What does this mean for Actuaries serving as NEDs and Trustees?

  • KSS event: A Cashless Society- Benefits, Risks, Issues and Developments

    Deloitte, 4th Floor, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace
    19 March 2020

    Spaces available

    Speaker: Iain Collier, Chair of the CSWP

    The talk will look to cover the following: Progression towards a Cashless Society • Developments home and overseas • Benefits, Risks and Issues • Crypto Currencies and Central Bank Digital Currencies.

    There will be an extended Q&A session at the end of the event.

  • Professional Skills Training - Edinburgh (19 March 2020)

    IFoA (Edinburgh), Level 2, Exchange Crescent 7 Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8RA
    19 March 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Spaces available

    In the webinar, Stuart Hitchcock, Head of Portfolio Management for Private Credit, within LGIM Real Assets, will provide some insight into the nature of the private credit markets. Discussion will evolve around development of the markets and lending landscape, key investment characteristics including structural and legal protections, public vs private investments, advantages and drawbacks for borrowers, and attractiveness for investors.

    The webinar will also focus on describing the investment process such as origination through execution, credit, structure, pricing, on-going asset management, portfolio construction within private markets.

  • Spaces available

    What are the advantages of using artificial intelligence (AI) in investing? What are the differences between traditional quant and AI? This new webinar, part of a series of four webinars leading to the annual Finance & Investment Conference 2020, discusses challenges and the future of AI in the investment sector.

  • Spring Lecture 2020: Live Streaming at Staple Inn - Vicky Pryce

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1 V 7QJ
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    This event will be live streamed from Edinburgh. 

    The Brexit Budget: What next for the UK economy? Please join us for our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • Spring Lecture 2020: Live Streaming

    Webinar
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    What next in Economic Policy? Please join us on 25 March 2020 for the live stream of our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • Professional Skills Training - London (26 March 2020)

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ        
    26 March 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • SIAS Event: CMI Update

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    1 April 2020

    Spaces available

    Following the release of the updated CMI Mortality Projection Model, CMI_2019, the CMI Mortality Projections Committee will lead a discussion on future mortality improvements.

  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2020

    Hilton London Tower Bridge, 5 More London Riverside, Tooley St, London SE1 2BY
    22 April 2020

    Spaces available

    CIGI is a well-established one-day seminar designed to increase awareness and encourage discussion on a variety of topical issues across the general insurance industry. 

    There will be an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers to provide a variety of perspectives and challenge covering technical and professional areas. 

  • Professional Skills Training - Edinburgh (29 April 2020)

    IFoA (Edinburgh), Level 2, Exchange Crescent 7 Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8RA
    29 April 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Professional Skills Training - London (29 April 2020)

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ         
    29 April 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • The Global Actuarial Profession

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    30 April 2020

    Spaces available

    There is a great deal of commonality amongst the actuarial profession worldwide but there are significant differences too. Listen to four presidents compare and contrast how the actuarial profession is dealing with data science, climate risk and consumer finance, amongst other topics.

  • KSS event: Technology: A red-eyed Terminator or an actuary’s best friend?

     Hymans Robertson, Exchange Place 1, 1 Semple Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8BL
    4 May 2020

    Spaces available

    Despite long-running concerns that innovation could lead to widespread redundancy, technology has enabled greater productivity, created higher-value jobs and spurred us on to new heights. With artificial intelligence increasingly automating work undertaken by professionals, I look at the prospects for the actuarial profession in the era of unprecedented technological innovation.

  • Finance and Investment Conference 2020

    Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Pl, London NW1 4LE
    05-05 May 2020
    Spaces available

    Join us at this year’s Finance and Investment Conference in London that will focus on ESG. The environmental, social and governance (ESG) space is growing rapidly and increasingly moving centre stage. In many cases, it is now an essential part of policy and central to the way stakeholders make decisions for the long term to ensure retention of clients, manage risk better, and ensure more economically efficient and sustainable investment returns.

    ESG factors cover a wide range of areas reflecting how vital consideration of these factors are part of wider systemic risks.

  • Professional Skills Training - Edinburgh (19 May 2020)

    IFoA (Edinburgh), Level 2, Exchange Crescent 7 Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8RA
    19 May 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Professional Skills Training - London (19 May 2020)

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ         
    19 May 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • CILA 2020

    Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Pl, London NW1 4LE
    20 May 2020

    Spaces available

    CILA is aimed at practicing life actuaries from life offices, consulting firms and other employers of actuaries. It will also be of interest to all those who work in, or advise on, the life assurance market in the UK and Europe. The programme this year features a timely mix of hot topics including sessions on:

  • Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020

    The Grand Brighton, 97-99 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FW
    02-03 June 2020
    Spaces available

    The Protection, Health and Care Conference is an annual conference aimed at all insurance professionals with a passion for harnessing insurance risk in their organisations.

  • Mortality and Longevity 2020

    1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H 9JJ
    08-08 June 2020
    Spaces available

    This highly regarded seminar will provide topical and practical updates and discussion on the latest thinking and innovations in mortality and longevity.  The program is designed for life, pensions and health and care actuaries, academics, researchers, underwriters and related practitioners eager to learn about the latest developments in mortality and longevity.  The sessions are designed to be very accessible to a broad range of exp

  • Professional Skills Training - London (10 June 2020)

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ       
    10 June 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Professional Skills Training - Edinburgh (17 June 2020)

    IFoA (Edinburgh), Level 2, Exchange Crescent 7 Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8RA
    17 June 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Professional Skills Training - London (18 June 2020)

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ   
    18 June 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Pensions Conference 2020

    Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel, Blackfriars Street, Manchester,M3 2EQ
    18-19 June 2020
    Spaces available

    Join us as this year’s conference that will focus on topics including  funding and savings, pension law current issues, ESG, the end game and transferring risk, investment issues, data visualisation and data science.

  • IFoA Asia Conference 2020, Kuala Lumpur

    CCEC Nexus, 7, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    24-25 June 2020
    Spaces available

    Join us at the IFoA Asia Conference 2020 at CCEC Nexus, Kuala Lumpur where intellectual thought leaders, senior industry players, opinion formers, academics, actuaries and non-actuaries from across Asia and beyond are expected to attend. This year's landmark conference promises to an exciting one as our first Asian President-elect, Tan Suee Chieh will, as newly appointed president of the IFoA, use his presidential address to highlight the two key pillars of the IFoA’s emerging strategy:

    • the reinvention of the profession in terms of its skillsets and mind-sets so that we can thrive in an increasing range of domains in a digital age;
    • the widening application of actuarial science in achieving social impact and sustainability goals.

    Early registration discount is now open until 1 April.  10% group discounts are offered to a minimum of six IFoA booking in a single transaction. This also applies to ASM members.  Limited spaces are available, so please sign-up early to avoid disappointment.