Aon and Accenture expand apprenticeships across Chicago

In the latest sign that the push to create apprenticeships in professional services is catching on, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) announced it will expand its Chicago apprenticeship program modeled on Aon plc´s (NYSE: AON) highly successful program run in collaboration with the City Colleges of Chicago, the company said.

US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta praised both companies for bringing apprenticeships to the professional services sector.

The skilled trades have long used apprenticeships to grow their talent, but Aon was among the first large financial corporations to adapt the model to its sector. Aon partnered with City Colleges of Chicago and Harper College to hire 26 students — many of them graduates of Chicago Public Schools — paying them to work full-time while studying business, writing, communications and finance. When the apprentices complete the program, Aon hires them for permanent, full-time positions.

Accenture, another early provider of adapting the apprenticeship model, is expanding its Chicago apprenticeship program to 25 apprenticeships per year. The program builds upon the company´s success as a lead partner in the City of Chicago´s College to Careers Initiative. Since 2016, Accenture has been working with Wilbur Wright College, which houses the City Colleges´ Center for Excellence for IT, to shape the college´s IT and cyber security curricula while helping students build job-ready skills and gain on-the-job experience; the ultimate goal is to help the students secure full-time employment with Accenture.

Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is a global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.

Accenture is a global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world´s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 411,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.