Now that the six contestants have been split into teams and decided on their names, it is time for the apprentices to tackle their first challenge.
In the second episode of The Claims Apprentice, Nick Thomas, sponsor Kennedys’ own Alan Sugar, explains that for the first test Team Fortitudo and Team Discovery will have to take opposing sides during a topical debate.
A debate that will focus on two subjects that are key to the insurance sector presently, namely advances in healthcare and the use of technology.
After the coin flip, Team Fortitudo consisting of Laura Eccles (Ecclesiastical), Simerjit Kaur (Allianz Insurance) and Alex Riley (Zurich) win and decide to oppose the motion, which is outlined as: This house believes that the big ethical questions for AI in healthcare – together with the associated litigation risks - should prevent the use of AI in medical treatment.
With Team Discovery made up of Dominic Sawkiw (RSA), Tosin Omosebi (QBE) and Verity Ross (Zurich) defending the argument, the scene is set for a battle of wits and words.
But they only have three hours to prepare the debate to be chaired by Kennedys’ head of corporate and public affairs Deborah Newberry.
Who will hold their nerve when the questions come firing in?
Who will prove the most persuasive in front of an audience of forty specially invited guests who will vote or the winner?
After 30 interviews involving rising insurance stars from up and down the country, the field has been whittled down to six candidates, all competing for the prize of becoming the 2019 Claims Apprentice.
Meet the contestants in Post’s first ever Claims Apprentice, a new video series arriving this month