Corporations Now Use Apprenticeships To Recruit City Colleges' Students

Rob Hart
November 12, 2018 - 12:30 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Corporate America is using an old practice to develop the next generation of employees.  

Apprenticeships are common in the skilled trades, but several white collar firms in Chicago are using apprenticeships to recruit community college students.

Apprenticeships allow someone to learn a job while receiving a salary and benefits.

Paul Schultz is the executive sponsor of the Global Apprenticeship Program at Aon.  He said their apprenticeship program has created a pipeline of talent from the City Colleges of Chicago.

"As we took a look at where we were hiring, for instance in Chicago, we have Harold Washington right next to us and we really weren't accessing that talent and those folks that were going into the City Colleges program," he said.

He said the apprenticeship program is not about fulfilling an HR requirement, apprentices work on client management and technology.

"We are really starting with a need from the business, which is access to a pipeline of talent and as I said, we are really stressing the diversity of those who can come in with that talent," Schultz said.

The Department of Labor has designated this week as National Apprenticeship Week.