The Insurance Apprentice 2017 officially ended on the evening of the winner announcement event, 28 March 2017.

After a tough competition against seven other talented finalists, Kabelo Paile, relationship manager at Santam, was crowned the winner of The Insurance Apprentice 2017.

Elevating insurance as a sought-after career choice in the minds of young people continues to be a major challenge. This was seen in the young delegates who attended the Career Indaba, a career guidance and further education expo, on 5 and 6 March 2017. Most of them had a certain perception about insurance and lacked awareness of the diverse career options that it offers.

For the past three seasons, The Insurance Apprentice has been able to attract young talent and inspire passion in the insurance industry. CN&CO has been involved in this great initiative since the beginning, in 2015. Playing a small role in supporting talent in the industry.

This season, I was fortunate enough to be in the front row seat to see all the action-packed of The insurance Apprentice behind the scenes.

Having spent the time with the crew and some of the industry players at filming week, and seeing the finalists get involved with each task, brought about knowledge and understanding of the opportunities available in insurance and how this initiative breaks through mediocrity.

The reality-type show has seen positive response with each season and has attracted an exceedingly high calibre of entrants.

It gives young people the opportunity to be in a position to influence the entire insurance industry in a positive direction. This with hope to attract other young people who see insurance as “dull and boring” to embark upon the career.

If season 3 of The Insurance Apprentice stimulated interest in you and you think you have what it takes to be the next Insurance Apprentice, be sure to apply now for The Insurance Apprentice 2018. Applications close 31 August 2017.

When an opportunity presents itself, it’s always a good idea to take advantage.

CN&CO truly believes in supporting and empowering young people to realise their true potential.

We are also currently offering an exciting opportunity to young black females to come and intern with us, in a collaborative, dynamic and fast-paced environment. With the diversity of our business, you are sure to be exposed to many areas of the business as possible.

This could be the ideal way to kick-start your career. If interested, please email Carel Nolte on or Neo Matsei on

Finally, congratulations to editor of FANews and champion of the Insurance Apprentice franchise, Rianet Whitehead and all who played a role in making this initiative possible.