Q. What is InVEST?A. InVEST is a partnership between the insurance industry and local high
schools designed to teach students the business skills used by insurance
agencies and companies through interactive, hands-on learning.
Q. How does it work?A. Local agents or other industry personnel provide training on the
Personal Auto Policy and managing a business. Then, students divide into small
groups and work in a simulated agency or company environment, writing auto
insurance policies. Students are responsible for the advertising, marketing,
and bookkeeping of their entity. Guest lecturers, including attorneys,
insurance adjusters, police officers, hospital administrators, insurance agency
owners, insurance company officials, and others, may provide additional realism
to the program.
Q. What is a volunteer’s time commitment?A. The commitment level of a volunteer is determined by you and the teacher. You
may speak once a semester to students in the classroom, work with the teacher
to help plan the schedule, or offer job shadow days and internships. InVEST
volunteers not only help educate students about insurance, but they also have
an opportunity to gain highly qualified employees.
Q. How can my agency benefit from participation in InVEST?A. InVEST graduates provide professional, entry-level employee job
candidates, which reduces training costs and learning curves for new employees.
The program also improves public awareness of the insurance industry through
education. And, the program results in mutually beneficial agency/company
relationships and business/education partnerships.
Q. How does my agency become involved?A. Agencies first need to find a local high school business education
teacher willing to teach the InVEST program in his school. Second, contact FAIA. We’ll help
explain the program’s details. If the interest to offer the program is still
mutual, FAIA will provide training sessions for the teacher and industry
personnel, and will coordinate the implementation process. For more steps on
how to get started, visitthe InVEST national website.