What makes Aon's apprentice scheme an award-winner?


“Something that really stands out for our apprentices is the opportunity to earn and learn, and the opportunity to get into the workforce,” says Phil Sartain, early careers recruitment business partner at Aon.

Aon, winner of the Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year award at the 2015 Insurance Times awards, has had an influx of prospective apprentices who have been put off university by the rising fees. The business supports them in studying for their professional insurance qualifications.

“It’s making people look at the alternatives where they might get good qualifications and progression and a step on to the job ladder in the role they want to pursue,” says Sartain.

With Aon apprentices joining the company on full-time contracts, they have a sense of permanency – and consequently there is a good retention rate. They also have the opportunity to be promoted, and are reviewed regularly to help them to progress in their careers. And like any staff joining at entry level, they get benefits such as private healthcare, a pension, the cycle-to-work scheme, and holiday buying and selling.

Aon is a keen supporter of the apprenticeship levy, and works closely with the government to ensure the continued expansion and development of higher-level apprenticeships.

Sartain comments: “The growth of apprenticeships will show that this is another serious option in terms of the career path young people can have, and another way of progressing on that ladder.”