British general insurance company RSA has announced plans to double its number of apprentices by the year 2022.

The insurer said that currently it has 278 employees are on apprenticeship programmes and will be increased to around 500 in the next three years.

RSA will widen the variety of apprenticeship programmes it offers in order meet this target.

Plans also include introducing these programmes to new locations across the UK.

Furthermore, the insurer has also collaborated with social mobility firms to make the profession more accessible through apprenticeships to people from different backgrounds.

The announcement comes close on the heels National Apprenticeship Week on 3 – 9 February.

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Furthermore, RSA has agreed to join the 5% Club1, under which a minimum of 5% of the company’s workforce must be made up of apprentices over the next five years.

RSA group & UK HR director Karen Caddick said: “Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity to attract a wide variety of skills and experience, as well as to help employees grow and develop skills that match the changing needs of our organisation. Having the best and brightest talent is crucial to our success as a business, so it is vital that we continue to build our offering for new and existing employees.”

The 5% Club director general Lady Cobham said: “We’re delighted to welcome RSA into our membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other.

“All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

Set up in 2017, the insurer’s apprenticeship programme has 20 different types of apprenticeships. It ranges from technical insurance, finance, leadership and digital skills, to paralegal and procurement.