Behind the scenes...

09 April 2020 Rianet Whitehead














Behind the scenes…


The most exciting part of any competition is announcing the winner, especially if the competition was extremely tough and the winner had to work really hard to get it right.

The most disappointing part of any competition is if you cannot announce the winner at an event you have planned for so long and look forward to so badly…

Welcome to #TIA2020… because life happened in a way no one ever expected, but thanks to social media and the new way of working we have the absolute privilege to entertain you for a bit longer and for the very first time you can get some insights into what really goes on behind the scenes. It is super exciting (for me and the judges), super nerve-wrecking (for the apprentices) and just a great feeling to be involved (for everyone else behind the scenes).

From today we will be sharing some videos with you of Simon Colman, Head Judge of TIA and Executive Head of Digital Distribution at SHA Risk Specialists, having a few chats with a few people who were and are quite involved behind the scenes.

Today's interview is with our very own Rianet Whitehead, FAnews Editor and Creator of The Insurance Apprentice, about why she started the apprentice, how the scoring works, the challenges of keeping the apprentices quiet after filming week and asking Simon why he is so hectic as a judge.

Social Media Influencer winner
We are also announcing the winner of the R5 000 prize winner, sponsored by Elite Risk Acceptances. The good news is that we will have now have a weekly prize winner for Social Media Influencer. The prize money is R2 500 per week and is very kindly sponsored by Elite Risk Acceptances. For now, the competition will run for six weeks, but we'll update as we go on, so be active, participate and subscribe to the Youtube/TheInsApp channel to make sure you miss nothing.

Hear more about what happens behind the scenes by watching the video on:

To watch the episode on YouTube, click HERE
To watch it on the website click HERE
To watch it on Facebook, click HERE


Leveraging the power of social media in creating, curating and managing content, we would like to thank our digital marketing sponsor Elite for making sure we get the biggest viewership we've ever had with TIA.



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The #Superfan competition


For every episode of The Insurance Apprentice, we have a question. Simply visit, answer the #Superfan question, up to episode seven, to stand a chance to win R20 000, sponsored by Constantia Insurance. All the correct answers will go into a lucky draw and three people will be chosen to attend the finale where we will announce the winner of TIA2020. At the finale we will have a lucky draw between the three people and one person will win R20 000.


Winner and runner up prizes


Trip to Lloyds of London, sponsored by Lloyds of London
R75 000 bursary, sponsored by Inseta
R20 000 cash prize, sponsored by the Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences (GIFS)
R10 000 cash prize, sponsored by Tracker
Fitness watch, sponsored by Genasys Technologies

GIFS bursary worth R27 500
Goodie bag sponsored by CIB

Third place
GIFS bursary worth R27 500

Top 4
Conference fee sponsored by the AIE conference organisers to attend the AIE conference at Sun City in July

All 9 Apprentices
Wardrobe items sponsored by GIFS
R1 000 Uber voucher each sponsored by Discovery Insure

Other prizes
Best Team Player, voted for by their peers in the competition, sponsored by Liberty
Audience's favourite, sponsored by Innosys
TIA Social Media Influencer, sponsored by Elite Risk Acceptances


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