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GRiD launches training academy

Press release 6 June 2018.

GRiD, the industry body for the group risk industry, is launching a training academy. Committed to enhancing the industry’s standing by encouraging best practice, GRiD experts will provide training on the fundamentals of group risk to help those newer to the industry or who have limited support within their own companies. It’s open to both intermediaries and providers.

Two workshops kick off the academy, which will give people a good grounding in group risk. Areas covered include understanding the market, products and added-value benefits; through to taxation, legislation and underwriting.

The first workshop is in September, with a follow-up workshop in October. The training will be run by providers and intermediaries and will be interactive.

Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD said: ‘As an organisation, we are very good at sharing our knowledge with members, be that through our responses to consultation papers or answering specific queries, and this is a way for us to share our expertise on a wider scale. This is a dynamic industry, products are enhanced all the time to meet changing needs, and we all need to keep up to date with the impact of legislation. Our training academy is a great way for people to learn from those with more experience at the coalface.’

GRiD and the Chartered Insurance Institute jointly developed the professional qualification in group risk, GR1*. The GRiD workshops stand alone but would also be good grounding before taking this qualification, or as a follow-up to build market knowledge.

There is no cost to attend the workshops for members of GRiD. To find out more, please contact GRiD:

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For further information please contact:

Sharon Mason 
SMUK Marketing and PR 
Mob: 07747 611773
Land: 01252 843350

Katharine Moxham
Spokesperson for GRiD
Mob: 07887 512508

Notes for editors

About GRiD

Group Risk Development (GRiD) is the industry body for the group risk protection sector, promoting the value to UK businesses of providing financial protection for their staff, enhancing their wellbeing and improving employee engagement. Our membership includes insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries who have a collective wealth of experience built over years of operating in the group risk protection market. Under the chairmanship of Steve Bridger (MD Group Protection, Corporate, Aviva UK Life) GRiD aims to promote group risk through a collective voice to Government, policymakers, stakeholders and employers.

GRiD works with government departments and regulators involved in legislation and regulation affecting group risk benefits, and with other organisations involved in the benefits and financial protection arenas. GRiD also seeks to enhance the industry's standing by encouraging best practice and by participating in industry-wide initiatives such as the professional qualification in group risk managed jointly with the Chartered Insurance Institute.

GRiD’s media activity aims to generate a wider awareness and understanding of group risk products and their benefits for employers and employees.

GRiD's dedicated spokesperson, Katharine Moxham, provides expert media comment on a full range of group risk issues.

Follow Katharine Moxham on Twitter @KMoxham


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