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, visit the InVEST national website.