Employment and Jobs

Aon’s Apprenticeship in Professional Services

March 22, 2018  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following information from one of our partners, Aon.

The cost of going to university has been rising steadily for decades, with more and more young people leaving higher education with substantial debts that could take years to pay off. And since the financial crisis, youth unemployment has been at an all-time high globally, making it harder than ever to find good jobs to pay off debts. To address these issues, Aon applied a new approach to an old solution: on-the-job training through apprenticeships programs.

Aon’s apprenticeship program provides opportunities for young professionals to develop vital skills in the workplace and earn a competitive salary while they learn. Apprentices are offered permanent positions with competitive salaries and full support for professional study and qualifications. The apprenticeship program has helped Aon build an alternative talent pipeline and a highly skilled and diverse workforce. Aon hopes to encourage the business community to develop similar programs and help jumpstart the careers of many more deserving individuals.

This description was excerpted from “Creating Opportunities for Tomorrow’s Leaders” by Aon. Click here to read more.


More news about Aon’s apprenticeship program

We are delighted with Aon’s decision and commend them for joining a growing list of companies committed to advancing the upskilling movement in 2018.



In January 2017, @Aon_plc became one of the first major corporations to create an #apprenticeship program in professional services, allowing people like Victor Gutierrez to earn and learn on track to a great career.

“Our students at @ChiCityColleges—they’re hungry, they’re hardworking, they’re entrepreneurial… When they get into companies like @Aon_plc and @Accenture, they will thrive.” @Chancellor_Juan

“The #apprenticeship program has widened our recruiting pool and enabled us to build a more diverse and motivated team. We’re excited to invest in the generation of talent in Chicago.” @BridgetGainer, VP of Global Public Affairs @Aon_plc


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