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Our partnership with Disability Sport Wales - Transforming lives through the power of sport

Our partnership with Disability Sport Wales - Together we’re transforming lives through power of sport


We’re proud to have renewed our partnership with Disability Sport Wales (DSW), the leading organisation for the development of disability sport in Wales.

Our further investment helps give DSW the ability to continue to deliver the successful Admiral Play Together programme across schools in Wales to approximately 1,500 children.

Admiral Play Together is creative inclusive learning aimed at primary school pupils in Years 4 to 6. The sessions support and encourage young people to include everyone in their class and school with their play and cover a range of topics related to inclusive sport and disability.
We’re so pleased to continue our partnership with Disability Sport Wales on the Admiral Play Together programme. As a company that understands the importance of including everyone and having fun at the same time, we’re impressed by DSW’s approach to educating children on the importance of inclusivity. We look forward to seeing the programme inspire more children across Wales this year.

Rhian Langham, Head of People Services.

Learning through the pandemic
Despite a challenging 2020, the Admiral Play Together programme was able to delight over 1,500 children through face-to-face sessions last year in school across Wales.

Following national lockdown, DSW adapted the programme to provide activities for families via social media, continuing to spread the message of community awareness and inclusion.

If you have kids in Years 4 to 6 why not have some fun at home today with DSW’s Admiral Play Together guide.

There’s more to come
While DSW try to reach as many children as possible, they can only visit a limited number of schools in Wales, and some schools can't permit visitors at the moment. However, we’ll be offering colleagues the chance to nominate a school for an Admiral Play Together session. Keep an eye on Atlas news to be able to nominate!

We’ll also be offering interactive colleagues disability inclusion training with DSW! 

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Admiral Pioneer – Life as a Service Designer

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27/05/2021

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We caught up with Riccardo, a Service Designer at Admiral Pioneer whose role is almost as varied as his background. He’s Brazilian by birth, but has lived in both America and Australia, giving him a cultural versatility that has influenced his worldview and work. How did you get into Service Design? I studied Advertising at university, and so I started my career there. Whilst I enjoyed the creative side of it, I felt at times that it was superficial. We would work hard on the communication of a product, only to read comments and reviews that the user experience wasn’t the best it could be. I wanted the ability to work from the inside out to solve problems and improve customer experience, so I decided to go into Service Design. It required me to broaden my experience - I started reading more about Service Design processes, took a few courses and built up my skillset. I then took on more responsibility in my Advertising role, focusing on product design and strategy, eventually taking on a Product Role which built up my tech skills a little more – particularly in terms of understanding APIs and customer information processes. My role at Admiral Pioneer is my first role as a Service Designer, and it’s a fantastic place to start. Not only do I work on launching and building new brands, but I also get the chance to build new products from scratch, which is what I have always wanted to do. It’s a chance to use all my skills to build a brand, communicate it, problem solve and bring it all together through great user experience. What’s it like to be a Service Designer at Admiral Pioneer? Service Design is a really varied role, so every day is different. It depends on the product or project that I’m working on – it could be anything from creating different screens for an app to working collaboratively on different processes with another team – there is always a new challenge to get stuck into. At the moment, I’m focusing on one of our new brands, looking at the customer experience across our digital platforms. I’m working hard on trying to map out all of the possibilities of the customer’s experience and making sure that we cater for them. It’s a case of covering every scenario so that they have the best experience possible! In general, it’s a role that is focused on customer experience, working collaboratively and constantly designing and re-designing our services to optimise that. I would say that service design is not a specific role – it’s based on our customers and what they want, and because of that all kinds of experiences come your way. Why did you decide to work at Admiral Pioneer? The most exciting thing about Pioneer is that we are building things from scratch and can define our culture ourselves. We are not stuck to a specific process or way of working but have the flexibility to figure out what works best for us. We’re making sure that we are collaborative and different, both in what we do but also how we do it. As a team, we’re ‘playing’ together to do something different and making sure our process works for everyone. Nothing is handed down to you – there is real autonomy in what you work on, which makes it a great place to be. At Admiral Pioneer, you really can put your hand up to anything you want to do. I have a background in Brand Strategy, so when there was an opening for that, I was able to get involved, even though it’s probably outside my normal role remit. There is no hierarchy in meetings – your voice is heard no matter who are, and your input is always treated as valuable, which hasn’t always been my experience at other companies. More than anything, the people are great – friendly and open to learning together, which makes for a fantastic team and working environment. How would you define Admiral Pioneer’s culture? It’s definitely the best of both worlds. We have the independence and ability to chase after what we care about, but the Admiral name adds massive amounts of value and gives us the resources, support and structure to do something bigger than we could do on our own. Our whole process is underlined by research – we put a lot of work into understanding trends - what our customers want, what they are interested in and how we can meet those needs. We have a lot of different avenues, and focus on design-thinking, homing in on solving specific problems. It’s a ‘finger on the pulse’ kind of environment, where we are always looking to innovate and improve our product and brands but are also planning for the future through looking at sustainability, health and tech, to keep ourselves relevant. In all of this, there is a high value on experimentation and a test and learn approach, as well as getting feedback as soon as possible. This opens you up to learn more, and I think it’s quite unique. What’s your favourite thing about your role? Admiral Pioneer has given me massive capacity to learn. In every area of my role, I am constantly challenged and able to learn more, and I love that. Working as a Service Designer has given me a real understanding of people and what they like. I love creating a service and then getting the opportunity to see the customers’ feedback right away. Admiral Pioneer allows you the flexibility to make changes accordingly, so it’s exciting and fast-paced every single day. Who would enjoy working at Admiral Pioneer? Someone with a thirst for knowledge coupled with creative flexibility. It’s a talented group of people, and everyone is open to our collaborative mentality and test and learn approach. We’re a close-knit team with genuinely friendly people that support ideas, but above all we relate to each other as people. We’re really open across the board, and it’s a welcoming environment to start in. As you look towards your future in Admiral Pioneer, what are you the most excited about? I have a chance to touch every step of the process, from basic research, launching a brand, growing and developing that brand and creating new products. Getting the opportunity to understand that whole path, from idea creation to a self-sustaining company is hugely valuable. Other than that, it’s the satisfaction of seeing customers happy with products and services I’ve worked hard on.   Click here to view our Admiral Pioneer Vacancies.

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Whistle-stop Wednesdays: Finding my path through Admiral

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26/05/2021

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Georgina joined Admiral back in November 2015, fresh out of Sixth Form with no real idea of where she was heading. Fast forward to May 2021, she is now steadily on her way to becoming a fully qualified Management Accountant at Admiral Pioneer. Admiral Pioneer are funding her ACCA training providing Georgina with a bright future as an Accountant in one of the most exciting and innovative areas of the business. We caught up with her to discover exactly how she got to where she is now, why she loves her role and what it’s like to work in a start-up environment in Admiral Pioneer. What do you do in Admiral and how long have you been working here? I am 3 weeks into my new role as a Trainee Management Accountant in Admiral Pioneer, a new entity within Admiral Group which seeks to seed, launch and scale new independent businesses. In my role I mainly support the delivery of the Management Information (MI) for the various domains, reconcile a variety of control accounts and produce monthly accounting and submissions to Group Finance. I also work with the budgets/forecasts and act as a general point of contact to the wider business for finance related queries. I joined Admiral almost 6 years ago starting in the Renewals department. How did you get into your role? What is your background? My Renewals position as a phone agent was my first job after finishing Sixth Form. I knew I didn't want to go to university but had no idea at that point what I wanted to do for my career. I stayed in Renewals for just under a year. It was the perfect role for me at the time as it gave me a lot of self-confidence before I then moved within the business. My second job in Admiral was on an admin team in the IT department. It was a secondment for maternity cover, and I had a variety of day-to-day tasks. One of them was to be the point of contact between the IT department and the Purchase Ledger team in Finance. This introduced me to company procedures, dealing with invoices and budgets. After some time, this became my sole responsibility and when a job advert went up for a Purchase Ledger Assistant, it felt like a natural step for me to take. During my time in Purchase Ledger, I was offered the chance to begin studying for the AAT qualification which I was excited about and took the opportunity. By this point I had already been hopeful that my career would remain within Finance and when I started the qualification, I quickly realised that my goal would be to become a qualified Management Accountant. I learnt a lot in my 3 and a half years in the Purchase Ledger team in Admiral Group, but it felt like the right time to progress further. When the job for the Trainee Management Accountant role came out, I doubted myself a bit but was quickly encouraged to apply and was lucky enough to be successful in my application. Joining Admiral Pioneer is such an exciting opportunity with a lot of scope and variety. I'm looking forward to learning more in my role and my studies and growing alongside Admiral Pioneer. What do you enjoy most about your work? What I enjoy most about my work is continuously learning about accounting and business practices. Admiral Pioneer has such a diverse group of people with different work backgrounds and experiences that I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with and learn from them. What's the most exciting change or project happening within your area? One of the best things about Admiral Pioneer is that there is always something going on. A new product being launched or developed under one of the three domains: Mobility, Live to 101 & Future of Work (which you can read more about in our recent article – 5 things you should know about Pioneer), and meetings where new ideas are being put out and discussed. A new product has just been launched which is Toolbox by Admiral, so it will be exciting to see how that does. Do you think there are lots of opportunities to grow and develop here? As Admiral Pioneer is a new part of the business there is a lot of scope for growth. It is essentially a group of start-up businesses that are being backed and funded by Admiral. Over the next 10 years there is a goal to have 2-3 successful businesses progressing as new avenues for Admiral. What’s the culture like in your area and how is it changing? Despite being new to Admiral Pioneer I was quickly welcomed in and felt included even before my official start date! Everyone has been lovely and really helpful. There is a weekly Friday quiz as well which is nice to have at the end of the week. I'm looking forward to getting into the office and meeting everyone properly soon. Do you have any advice for someone looking to join your area? Admiral Pioneer is incredibly innovative, that's what the brand is built on. So we need creative, motivated and ambitious people to join us. It is a group of enthusiastic, talented and open-minded people from different industries collaborating on a big challenge. Click here to view our current vacancies.

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