Canal House, Canal Rd, Rathmines, Dublin 6

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Pensions Administrator Apprentice


Company description

CIF Pension Administration Services DAC, trading as CPAS, was established in 2006 to provide professional pension administration services to the Construction and Related Industries. With a dedicated, experienced and professional team, CPAS ensures best practice in key areas of pension scheme management and provides a comprehensive service to Trustees, Employers and Members.  CPAS is a not for profit organisation, employing 45 staff at its offices in Canal House.


About the Apprentice programme:

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is an “earn and learn” degree programme that combines on-the-job training with academic study.  You will earn a salary while studying for your degree and your degree training will be fully government-funded.

Developed by the Insurance Institute of Ireland in association with the he LIA, the apprenticeship is a three-year degree programme leading to a BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice.  The programme also incorporates the Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) accreditation and is awarded by the Institute of Technology, Sligo.

We are looking for an ambitious and talented individual who has the potential to develop into a high performing pensions professional. The opportunity is a three year fixed term contract, which provides exposure to all aspects of our business, allowing you to develop strong technical expertise in pensions, insurance and financial services.  Typically, you will work four days and dedicate the fifth to study, through distance-learning.

The Apprenticeship will ideally appeal to school leavers, graduates and career changers


About the role

Our programme will provide a number of rotations to facilitate a broad and in-depth pensions learning experience across the Company. 

You must be able to:

  • Manage administration workloads to meet service level agreements in a busy, fast-paced environments
  • Build strong working relationships within and across teams
  • Challenge our systems and processes and find better, more effective ways of doing things


About you

  • Working towards CIP qualification through the ‘earn & Learn’ degree programme
  • Excellent PC skills - Microsoft Packages
  • Ability to communicate effectively (in both written and verbal form)
  • Ability to prioritise and work under time pressures
  • Excellent attention to detail required
  • Willing to be part of a team


Benefits of working in CPAS

  • Competitive salary
  • Contributory Pension Scheme (optional)
  • 23 days annual leave
  • Full study support package
  • Active Social club


Minimum entry level requirements

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Between 18 and 23 years - a minimum of 140 leaving cert points – leaving cert subjects must include a pass in Maths and English or Irish; a pass in a business subject would be desirable
  • If over 23 years, there are no minimum educational requirements
  • Fluent verbal and written English language skills


Interested applicants should ask themselves the following key questions before applying

  • Do I meet the minimum entry level requirements?
  • Can I contribute an annual registration fee of €600 to the cost of the programme, for three years?
  • Do I have the self-motivation and time management skills to study at a BA (Hons) level and work at the same time?
  • Can I be diligent and committed to all aspects of work, training and education?
  • Do I have the ability to communicate effectively both with customers and in a team?
  • Can I take ownership and accountability for my own actions and responsibilities?


Application Process and Timeframes

If you meet the minimum entry level requirements:-

  • Letter of Application outlining suitability for the programme, along with an up-to-date CV to: 
  • Employer start date: August/September 2019
  • College start date: must be available to attend Registration/Induction Day on Friday 13th September (in IT Sligo)