Aon Welcomes Young Talent To Birmingham Office
09 November 2023
Aon plc (NYSE: AON) a leading global professional services firm, is welcoming new talent to its office in Birmingham with the arrival of two apprentices, two placement year students, and nine recent graduates who will commence their careers with the company.
Working across a wide range of functional areas including investment, client management, wealth and actuarial consulting, the new joiners represent Aon’s commitment to inspiring and developing the next generation of inclusive leaders. The firm’s Early Careers Programmes provide meaningful work experience opportunities and the chance to enhance professional skills through on-the-job experience.
Aon’s apprentices follow a holistic 18-month to two-year programme which combines education and work experience in parallel, on a pathway to securing a Foundation Degree. Industrial placement year students, meanwhile, are in their third year of a university course and working at Aon provides them with invaluable real-world experience before they return to complete their studies. Aon’s graduate programme, known as ‘Launch,’ is designed to develop high performers so they can grow professionally while transitioning smoothly into a full-time role.
Chris Barley Head of Office for Commercial Risk at Aon in Birmingham, said:
“Providing a variety of pathways for young talent to gain experience and develop their skills is something we place significant importance on at Aon.
“It has been a pleasure to witness the enthusiasm that our recent graduates, placement students and apprentices have shown. they’ve wholeheartedly embraced the opportunities on offer to learn and develop new skills.”
Emma Pitt is one of those who has recently joined Aon in Birmingham. She commented:
“I studied Maths at the University of Birmingham and through various projects undertaken as part of my degree, I had become interested in the technicalities of successfully managing a pension scheme. I subsequently secured a place on Aon’s 9-week internship scheme which offered me lots of structured learning opportunities and exposure to real client work and it quickly became clear that this was an employer invested in my development. I was certain that I’d like to return to Aon in a graduate role.
“The supportive nature of the company, combined with the breadth of work available mean I’ve already learnt so much. The large number of training sessions available to us as graduates, alongside the willingness of everyone in the office to answer questions and generally help, mean that the bigger picture of how all the different elements of client work fit together has quickly become easier to grasp. I’m really enjoying my role at Aon so far and am looking forward to seeing how this develops, particularly the ways in which I can take more responsibility and make decisions that will benefit the whole team.”