Zurich North America has posted open positions for its new Bachelor’s Degree Apprenticeship, expanding the Associate Degree Apprenticeships it began offering in the U.S. in 2016. The news comes just weeks after the U.S. Department of Labor selected Zurich as a national Apprenticeship Ambassador.
The new apprenticeship is designed for individuals who have completed two years of college coursework or an associate degree. The program enables them to complete a bachelor’s degree while starting a career with Zurich. Zurich pays for the apprentices’ remaining two years of college coursework, completed online through the University of Arizona Global Campus. Apprentices have eight hours a week reserved for academics and work 32 hours a week at Zurich, earning full-time pay and benefits while building in-demand skills.
“The excitement around apprenticeship is palpable,” said Al Crook, head of HR Business Partners and Apprenticeship at Zurich. “It’s evident that more organizations, parents and job seekers are recognizing apprenticeship as a great way to fast-track a career and build a diverse, future-ready workforce. It’s why we’re introducing our Bachelor’s Degree Apprenticeship.”
Zurich Bachelor’s Degree Apprenticeships are available in a range of business areas and functions, such as Finance, Accounting and Reporting; Strategy, Innovation and Business Development; Information Security; Claims; and more. Apprentices have on-the-job coaches, access to mentors and the opportunity to develop professionally by doing and observing.
Hiring for the Bachelor’s Degree positions will continue through November, with the first class starting their studies and work at Zurich in January. The program lasts two years. At the finish line, apprentices not only earn a degree but also a promotion into their next role at Zurich and a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprentice certificate.