Year 12 and 13 students at St John’s School & Sixth Form College in Bishop Auckland were involved in risky business with a lively learning session about careers in insurance.

The Chartered Insurance Institute the insurance sector’s professional body, recently delivered its award-winning Discover Risk activity to the school to provide more information on the huge range of global opportunities that exist in the sector.

Teams of students studying A-level Economics and A-level Psychology par-ticipated in a scenario-based activity where different levels of risk were explored. The types of problems facing the would-be risk managers include a pop singer losing her voice on tour, cameras being damaged on a movie set and piracy affecting a company’s profits.

Andrew Reeve, head of work related learning and head of economics at the school, said: “It was a fantastic couple of hours in which the students really enjoyed learning about risk, insurance and careers they could go into that are both interesting and potentially lucrative.

Caspar Bartington, relation-ship manager at the CII, adds: “The Discover Risk activity is a great way for young people to understand more about what’s on offer in the risk and insurance profession and to develop important skills such as teamwork, influence, negotiation and communication.

We’re convinced that through these sessions we’re starting to identify some of our profession’s future stars.”

The school is looking forward to extending its learning into money management in the future.