Leading a national apprenticeship movement

We recognize the important role professional apprenticeships can play in closing the skills gap in the U.S., providing underserved groups greater access to innovation economy jobs and helping reskill workers whose jobs have been, or will be, disrupted by technology.

In 2017, Accenture and Aon cofounded the Chicago Apprenticeship Network – partnering with local employers like McDonald’s, Zurich Insurance and Walgreens to jumpstart their professional apprenticeship programs. Today, the network has 50+ member organizations and has achieved its initial goal to create 1,000+ apprenticeships.

Building off the success of the Chicago Apprentice Network, Accenture is working with Aon and other organizations to expand the model across the country. In collaboration with Aon, the Chicago Apprentice Network and the Business Roundtable, we also launched an apprenticeship playbook which focuses on the key steps, considerations, examples and case studies for apprenticeships in professional positions.

We hope the playbook will enable other companies to join the national movement for professional apprenticeship programs and help us create a more inclusive innovation economy.

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Bridging the gap between talent and opportunity.

Accenture apprentice program

As part of our commitment to advance the adoption of professional apprenticeships, we are rapidly expanding our program to bring apprenticeships to Accenture locations across the U.S.

~1,000

Total apprentices in the U.S. to date

35+

Cities across the U.S.

Apprenticeships: from community college to promising tech career

We set out to understand what U.S. community college students expect from their careers and how much they know about the potential benefits of apprenticeships.

Our findings show that a concerted effort by employers, educators and non-profit partners to build and promote apprenticeship programs has the potential to fundamentally change the professional trajectory for millions of Americans—and the economy as a whole.

Companies, counselors and community stakeholders all have an important role to play in our efforts to close the skills gap and transform the American labor market.

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Meet our apprentices

Our apprentices bring a unique perspective to their careers at Accenture. Learn more about them as they start the next chapter in their professional careers.

Ahmad Aladawi
Chicago, IL

A Syrian immigrant whose credits didn’t transfer, Ahmad put himself through college, became an apprentice, and is now a Security senior analyst.

Danica Lohja
Chicago, IL

Danica came to Accenture’s Apprenticeship through the Chicago community college system, and has since had continued success in our Corporate IT group.

Reggie Hardin
San Antonio, TX

Reggie, a veteran, became an apprentice through the nonprofit Project Quest. He is now a Salesforce developer with Accenture Federal Services.

Brenna Keiger
Columbus, OH

A self-taught programmer, Brenna enrolled in a two-year Computer Science degree program, and became an apprentice in software development.

Chance Rodnez
Atlanta, GA

A programmer with Year Up, Chance completed Accenture’s apprenticeship program and is now developing web applications with our User Interface team.

Carlos Shows
Detroit, MI

Originally a pipefitter, Carlos enrolled in a Grand Circus Coding Bootcamp and now works fulltime at Accenture as a business integration senior analyst.

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Apprenticeships in the news

LinkedIn: Jimmy Etheredge, CEO - North America, Accenture
To Create Navigable Paths Upward, Think Apprenticeships

CIO
Accenture apprenticeships diversify talent pipelines, bridge IT gaps

Chicago Tribune
Chicago companies preach diversity and inclusion, but there’s plenty of work to do. 'Lip service is not going to hold water.'

Insight Into Diversity
Apprentice Network Creates a Pipeline of Diverse Talent in Chicago, and Leaders Hope to Expand It

FORTUNE
Can Apprenticeships Help Close U.S. Skills Gaps?

HR Dive
How companies use apprenticeships to build alternative career paths

Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot and Pritzker tout apprenticeships to make sure talented local residents get jobs at local companies

The New York Times
Tech Jobs Lead to the Middle Class. Just Not for the Masses.

The Washington Post
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix our labor market

ABC 7 Chicago News
Jobs pipeline created by Chicago businesses and City Colleges

FORTUNE
Former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker: How to Create the Workforce of the Future