Final eight for The Insurance Apprentice revealed

17 November 2015 Myra Knoesen

With just over 100 applications received, we were reminded of the tough decision of determining who the final eight would be for the second season of The Insurance Apprentice when a bright bunch of 30 contestants, proving to be the best of the best, took part in an elimination round on 22 October at Innovation House.

Sponsored by Price Forbes, the day was set with an undertone of fun and analytical thinking as Warren Bolttler, Chief Executive Officer and Greg Dillon, Executive: Business Development of Price Forbes, brought out a creative spark in the 30 contestants. 

Power in numbers

To ease the process, the 30 contestants were then requested to uploaded one to two minute selfie videos on The Insurance Apprentice website ( in which they told voters who they are, what they do and why they should be in the final eight. 

With the possibility of seeing favourite contestants make it through to the final round, employees, employers, friends and family were invited and encouraged to vote for these contestants. 

With a total of 32 400 votes its must be pointed out that there is power in numbers and the very essence of marketing one’s self. 

And as such, the panellists have chosen the final eight applicants who will grace the industry with their presence early next year, on season two of The Insurance Apprentice. They are: 

Alicia Narainsamy
Andre Brooks
Celina Bhima
Chris Caalsen
Karabo Kopeka
Priya Govender
Richard Cunliffe
Unathi Ntengo

Ease of process

It should be noted that these candidates where highly regarded by the judges during the elimination round and as emphasised previously, the selfie video exercise served to assist, and not determine, the judges final outcome in choosing between those candidates that were neck and neck after the elimination day round. 

“The panel members had a tough call but this process eased the way forward in determining who the final contestants would be. Having chosen the final eight, we are confident in our decision and we look forward to filming the second series of The Insurance Apprentice early next year,” said Rianet Whitehead, Editor of FAnews and Organiser of The Insurance Apprentice. 

Filming commences 11 to 15 January 2016 and the series is expected to be released mid-February on The Insurance Apprentice and FAnews websites, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages. 

Bigger and better

Going bigger and better, season two of The Insurance Apprentice is set to bring in a whole new ball game for the apprentices, from contestants to personalities, to judges and tasks. Having had six apprentices from very different backgrounds last year, this season will see eight contestants compete with each other as they encounter twists and turns along the way. 

This year the official sponsors are AON, CN&CO, FNB Insurance Brokers, Hollard, Innovation Group, Inseta, Insure Group, Lloyds of London, Marsh Africa, MUA, Norton Rose Fulbright, Price Forbes, PWV Insurance Brokers and Stalker Hutchison Admiral (SHA). Sponsorships vary from programme sponsors to tasks, legal, venue and prize sponsors.

“We would like to thank all the sponsors for their support for The Insurance Apprentice 2016. Thank you for your commitment in making The Insurance Apprentice 2016 a reality and for assisting FAnews in changing even more lives,” concluded Whitehead.


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