The HDFC Life Smart Achievers (SA) Program is an unique Post Graduate Diploma in Insurance offered through a joint initiative between HDFC Life – India’s leading private life insurance company and Manipal Global – India’s leading learning solutions firm. The year long program nurtures highly skilled insurance professionals through a robust and rigorous training – imparting domain expertise and developing focused sales techniques with practical knowledge via a mix of 4-month classroom, 2-month on-the-job training and 6-month internship schedules. The graduates are provided with excellent and rewarding career opportunities at HDFC Life.
HDFC Life and Manipal Global had conducted a grand convocation ceremony to felicitate over 270 Smart Achievers from across the country, who were awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Insurance (PGDI) on successfully completing the program.
Having started in 2014, the Smart Achievers Program has since enrolled over 1600 students till Batch 26, as on December 2016. The graduates from the first ceremony, held earlier this year, got placement in different distribution channels like Bancassurance, Direct, Agency etc., within HDFC Life.
Speaking about the convocation, Mr Amitabh Chaudhry, MD and CEO, HDFC Life said, “We had embarked on this journey with an ambition to contributing in our own way towards bridging the gap in unemployment amongst the youth in Tier II & III cities while simultaneously boosting the quality of sales professionals in the insurance industry. The Smart Achievers’ Program was a result of that ambition coming to fruition.”
“And today I’m proud to see our dream coming to fruition, with the increase in not only the number of Smart Achievers graduating in our very second convocation ceremony, but also the number of students that have chosen this program till date, eager to carve out their career path in this industry.”
“These Smart Achievers are indeed much sought after, as thanks to their intensive training they’re able to provide the right advice to the potential customers of HDFC Life, along with financially securing their own lives.
“In fact, I’m confident that this Program will go a long way in creating opportunities for these students by making them job-ready and enabling them to meet the huge talent demand in the insurance industry.”
Mr S. Vaitheeswaran, MD and CEO, Manipal Global said, “We are proud to have partnered with HDFC Life for the Smart Achiever’s Program, which has, over the last couple of years, helped over 1600 learners from tier 2 and tier 3 cities kick-start their careers in the insurance sector. The intensive learning program equips the learners with key functional and professional skills that are critical to both their success and the organization’s success. We are pleased to see that the graduates are performing extremely well at HDFC Life and look forward to continue contributing to the industry with our robust learning programs.”
About HDFC Life Smart Achievers Program – Post Graduate Diploma in Insurance
HDFC Life’s Smart Achievers Program is an initiative by HDFC Life in association with Manipal Global to nurture industry leaders of the future by imparting domain expertise and skill sets in the field of insurance. This 12-month Post Graduate Diploma Program in Insurance aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the insurance industry to its participants. Along with classroom training, the participants are provided On-The-Job training and internship in the various sales channels of HDFC Life. On successful completion of the course, each candidate is offered a full time employment opportunity with HDFC life at a designation and pay grade higher than their contemporaries.
About HDFC Life
Established in 2000, HDFC Life is a leading long-term life insurance solutions provider in India, offering a range of individual and group insurance solutions that meet various customer needs such as Protection, Pension, Savings, Investment and Health. Customers have the added advantage of customising plans, by adding optional benefits called riders, at a nominal price. As on November 30th, 2016, the Company has 29 individual and 10 group products in its portfolio, along with 8 optional rider benefits catering to a diverse range of customer needs.
HDFC Life continues to benefit from having a wide reach with 398 HDFC Life offices in India and 12,000+ distributor touch-points. The Company has a strong base of Financial Consultants. The Company has also recently completed incorporation of its wholly owned subsidiary in Dubai to offer reinsurance services.
HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited (‘HDFC Life’ / ‘Company’) is a joint venture between HDFC Ltd., India’s leading housing finance institution and Standard Life, a global investment company.
About Manipal Global
Manipal Global Education Services is a leading India-headquartered international provider of high-quality higher education and enterprise learning services. Its ambit includes a wide range of higher education services to institutions in India, corporate training programmes in partnership with leading enterprises, vocational training across a number of sectors, as well as technology-driven services in areas such as testing and education delivery. It is also the dedicated service provider and operator of university campuses in Malaysia, Antigua in the Caribbean, Dubai and Nepal. It services and supports over 400,000 students currently, many of them through its award-winning large scale technology platform, EduNxt™.
Manipal Global’s belief in career-focused education has led to innovative partnerships, like the Manipal Academy of Banking, which partners with over 35 leading national and international public and private sector organizations in the BFSI sector. Manipal Academy of Banking has trained over 43,000 learners and has established multiple partnerships in banking, finance and insurance.
Manipal Global has similar strategic training initiatives in IT training, driven by Manipal Global Academy of Information Technology, and in multi-sector vocational training by Manipal City and Guilds. Other investments include MeritTrac, a testing and assessment company, which has grown to be the largest private organisation in this field. Manipal Global also specializes in leadership and management development for enterprises across sectors through GlobalNxt University, an internationally recognized, pioneering academic institution that delivers programs in online global classroom pedagogy.