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Zurich’s Jillian Walsh highlights apprenticeships on future of work panel

June 18, 2019

As the need for a skilled, diverse workforce increases, apprenticeships can operate as a “pipeline of talent” according to Jillian Walsh, Zurich’s Employee Experience and Culture Consultant.

Walsh delivered this message earlier this month at the annual GlobalMindED conference in Denver, Colo.

GlobalMindED is an educational and research nonprofit committed to closing the equity gap through education, entrepreneurship, experiences, employment and economic mobility for first-generation-to-college and underrepresented students and job seekers.

Their namesake conference serves as one such channel for developing leaders by connecting young people with potential role models. Attendees viewed and participated in presentations, roundtable discussions, problem-solving labs and more.

Walsh participated in a panel discussion titled, “Employer-Driven Education: Building Skills for Tomorrow’s Workforce.”

She was joined by Jim Link of Randstad North America and Sapna Shah of the IMPACT2030 Advisory Council. The panel was led by Shea Gopaul, founder of Global Apprenticeships Network.

The panelists shared ideas on how to create a more engaged workforce, and Walsh advocated that apprenticeships are “a great option as a pathway to success.”

Zurich North America offers an apprenticeship program in collaboration with Harper College in Palatine, Ill.


Watch the video below to hear the panelists discuss their key takeaways from the event.