Bridget Gainer

Apprenticeship programs increasingly put workers on track for jobs in finance

Apprenticeship programs increasingly put workers on track for jobs in finance

Victor Gutierrez graduated from high school with a clear career goal: to become an actuary. What he didn't have was a clear path to get there.

Juggling community college with jobs at McDonald's and a Holiday Inn, Gutierrez had little time for his studies. He worked nearly every day, leaving home at 4 a.m. and returning at midnight, always exhausted and rarely seeing his wife and infant daughter.

Gutierrez told his counselor at Harold Washington College that he needed another way. As it happened, one had just become available.

Gutierrez is now in the first U.S. apprenticeship class at Aon, a global insurance and risk management giant, where he is paid to work and go to...

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