Apprenticeships and insurance: Addressing the talent gap
In 2016, Zurich teamed with Harper College to launch the Zurich General Insurance Apprentice Program, the first of its kind in the U.S. The program provides high school graduates, military veterans, working adults looking for brighter career opportunities, and individuals returning to the workforce the opportunity to gain the education and experience to launch a rewarding career in commercial insurance.
The model worked so well that in 2018, Zurich launched a Cybersecurity Apprentice Program to meet talent needs in another fast-growing field.
We live in a rapidly changing world. Never before have the needs for lifelong learning been so essential. And, in a market with very low unemployment, companies need to think differently to meet current and future talent needs. Professional apprenticeship programs can help address the skills gap facing many companies, provide greater opportunity to people who are underrepresented across industries in the innovation economy, and reskill those whose jobs have been – or will be – disrupted by technology.
The Zurich General Apprentice Program has won praise from labor officials1 and from the nonprofit Working Nation.2 Watch the video to see the value and impact the “learn and earn” model had for two of the program’s graduates.
What you can do
Help us spread the word about the value of apprenticeships. If you are considering an apprenticeship program at your company, please reach out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
1 “Deputy Secretary of Labor lauds apprenticeship program with Zurich.” Harper College News Bureau. 2 February 2016. https://www.harpercollege.edu/about/news/archives/2016/posts/020216.php (accessed 1 March 2018)
2 Parke, Matt. “Insuring a Career: A first-of-its-kind apprenticeship in the insurance industry.” Working Nation. 20 December 2017. https://workingnation.com/insuring-a-career/ (accessed 1 March 2018)
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