Chicago Apprentice Network Scaling and Replicating a Successful Apprentice Network Model

To meet emerging talent demands in the Chicago area, Accenture and Aon independently developed professional apprenticeship programs. To expand beyond each individual company’s commitment to professional advancement through apprenticeships, the two companies came together with Zurich to co-found the Chicago Apprentice Network (CAN) in August 2017. CAN convenes Chicago companies that already have or are interested in creating their own apprenticeship programs. The launch of the Business Roundtable Workforce Partnership Initiative (WPI) in 2018—supported by the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF)—provided major momentum toward the announcement of CAN’s landmark goal of 1,000 apprenticeships created in the Chicago area, a goal CAN quickly surpassed.

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