The New, White-Collar Apprenticeship

In their 2nd article on Apprenticeships in the U.S., The Atlantic features Harper’s Apprenticeship Program and work with Zurich North America: Zurich and Harper College worked together to develop the two-year program. It involves working in an office three times a week and taking classes at the college twice a week, following a customized curriculum. […]


Why Apprenticeships Are Taking Off

In the first of a 3-part series on apprenticeships in the U.S. the Atlantic looks at Harper College’s Apprenticeship Program: Harper’s apprenticeships have proved extremely popular with students. And no wonder: “They graduate from college with zero debt and they have a job,” Lake says. The employer must pay apprentices $12 to $13 an hour […]


Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required

The New York Times reports that a high school education is no longer enough to get employment in today’s economy: While the building trades still dominate, the types of occupations offering internships have expanded to include jobs like pharmacy technician, I.T. project manager and insurance adjuster. Aon, the insurance and financial services company, last month […]


Aon Extends Application Deadline for its Tuition-Paid, Salary Apprenticeship

The Chicago Defender reports that students now have until Oct. 31 to apply for this paid apprenticeship program: Aon will hire 25 apprentices each year for the next four years and apprenticeships are located in Chicago, IL and Lincolnshire, IL. Candidates must qualify and be deemed college ready by at Harold Washington College (Chicago) or […]


U.S. Quietly Works to Expand Apprenticeships to Fill White-Collar Jobs

The Hechinger Report has an article about how U.S. business use other country’s systems to grow their workforce: “The cool thing is we have a chance to go to school and work at the same time,” said Lyons, who gave up his job selling cars to learn about insurance claims and underwriting. “It really trains […]


Apprenticeships Come to Insurance and Financial Services Industries

The Chicago Tribune features an article about Harper’s Apprenticeship Program and Zurich North America: Zurich’s apprentices work at the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and take classes at Harper College in Palatine on Tuesdays and Thursdays, based on a curriculum designed for the program. Zurich considers the apprentices full-time employees, paying them $14 an […]


Zurich Brings Its Apprenticeship Program to the U.S.

An article at PropertyCasualty360 about Harper’s Apprenticeship Program at Zurich: Touted as the “first of its kind” in the U.S. insurance industry, Zurich’s apprenticeship program, which began in January, is open to students at Harper College, located in nearby Palatine, Ill. Students will work for the carrier on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, working one year each […]


Career-Oriented Educational Programs Sprout in Chicago

Career-orientatied educational programs are featured in an article in the Chicago Tribune: “I think my best answer was that for 70 to 100 years, you didn’t actually need a high school diploma to find a decent job . . . there was that much industry here that you would be OK without it,” said Knowles, […]


Q&A: Al Crook, Zurich North America

A great interview with Al Crook, Chicago-based head of HR for Zurich North America about the apprentice program and it’s benefits: Q: How much money is Zurich investing in the program, and where is it coming from? A: Zurich will be hiring the apprentices as full-time employees. Our investment includes two years of pay and the […]


Illinois’ Harper College to Host Zurich’s Apprenticeship Program

A great article in Insurance Journal featuring Harper’s Apprenticeship Program with Zurich North America: While collaborative apprenticeship programs between colleges and industry are not unknown in the United States, most are in manufacturing and trade industries so “this is a nontraditional apprenticeship sector,” said Dr. Maria Coons, vice president of Harper College, which is located […]