Despite challenges faced by schools over the last year, Invest continues to expand in high schools, community colleges and among community-based non-profit organizations. The Invest board and staff are building a robust workforce talent pipeline including more diversity and inclusion initiatives and seeking out innovative ways to educate and train more people to work in the independent agency system. Recently we supported a non-profit organization – Chicanos Por La Causa – with their four-week insurance education program in Phoenix, Arizona.
We continue efforts to launch a unique insurance apprenticeship pilot program in Maryland, and we are meeting with large agencies in the state to enlist them as apprenticeship employer participants. We have also partnered with Amazon to train warehouse workers for entry-level jobs in the insurance industry and plan on intensive outreach this summer to attract those workers to our industry. As the pandemic starts to wind down across the country, Invest expects workforce training to become a key focus of our industry and independent agencies over the next year.
Invest will be announcing and promoting our 2021 scholarship winners, and we continue to interview Invest graduates who have become successful insurance professionals in recent years. We will highlight their careers on our website and look forward to publishing an article on a few of our graduates in the upcoming July issue of Independent Agent magazine. In addition, we are in the final stages of producing a short promotional video that highlights the insurance careers of young people who have been working in our industry for less than five years.