Training FAQ
1. What is the format of these seminars?
2. Who are the speakers?
3. Where are these courses held?
4. Are these courses endorsed by The Actuarial Profession?
5. Aren’t consulting and training conflicting services?
6. Would I require purchasing special software to implement the techniques and concepts learned in these courses?
7. Would I be given a consultant sales pitch in these courses?
8. Aren’t these topics covered in the exam syllabus?
9. I am a qualified actuary, would I still benefit from these courses?
10. Most technical talks I have been are either too theoretical, too vague or speakers assume the insurance world is perfect, how are MatBlas courses and seminars different?

What is the format of these seminars?

MatBlas’ courses are a new approach to actuarial training that complements really well the actuarial exams and on the job training. We combine lectures that cover the theoretical framework with workshops and computer base case studies. We encourage participants to bring their own laptop and problems or questions so that they can make the most out of the course.

Who are the speakers?

Ana Mata, MatBlas Managing Director and founder, will be involved in the preparation of all courses and course material. She will lecture some courses and may give a short lecture in others. Other speakers include both academic and industry practitioners with broad experience in the subject they will be lecturing.

Our on-line brochure will be updated regularly as we add new speakers to the programme. Please visit our website regularly for updates.

Where are these courses held?

All courses will be held in executive hotels in Central London.

Are these courses endorsed by The Actuarial Profession?

Although our courses are not directly endorsed by any professional body, all courses qualify for continuing professional development credits as organised activities and seminars with actuarial content.

A certificate of attendance will be given to all participants for their own records.

Aren’t consulting and training conflicting services?

We believe in the old adage "teach so you can learn". We view consulting and training complementing services. Thus, by training actuaries and students in topics of practical relevance we will be indirectly adding value to our clients and potential clients.

Unlike most consulting firms, we do not use our training courses as a marketing or public relationships vehicle.

Would I require purchasing special software to implement the techniques and concepts learned in these courses?

Not at all. MatBlas does not sell or endorses any software other than those readily available in a corporate environment such as Microsoft Excel or Access. We may use in some of our courses software that is publicly available free of charge such as statistical language R.

Would I be given a consultant sales pitch in these courses?

We do not use our courses and seminars to promote our consulting services. We provide participants all tools and course/reference material that will enable them to apply the learned concepts in the workplace without any further involvement from us.

Aren’t these topics covered in the exam syllabus?

It is no secret to anyone that there a number of relevant topics for non-life actuaries that are not covered by the UK exam syllabus. In addition, the job demands make it increasingly difficult for managers to spend time training junior members of their teams. Our courses have been designed to complement the training provided by the actuarial exams and on-the-job training.

Please refer to Ana Mata’s 2007 GIRO workshop on “Practical solutions to common pricing pitfalls” to get a feel for the type of practical applications we may cover in these courses.

I am a qualified actuary, would I still benefit from these courses?

We all know how to speak, read and write, but don’t we all benefit from communication skills courses? The same applies to technical training. The insurance market is ever changing and actuaries should be prepared to meet new challenges and expectations. Our advanced courses usually cover what we call "hot topics" or "what everyone is talking about", the predictive modelling seminar is an example of a hot topic.

Most technical talks I have been are either too theoretical, too vague or speakers assume the insurance world is perfect, how are MatBlas courses and seminars different?

Ana Mata, our managing director, has both academic and industry experience. She is involved in all stages of the course preparation to ensure our courses all delivered to meet the audience’s expectations.

Since most course participants are industry practitioners, our course are usually split 30% theory and 70% practice through case studies and computer base problems. This new approach to training makes our courses a more efficient way to learn than conferences and academic seminars and courses.

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