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Choose Chicago, United Airlines Announce Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Apprenticeship

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Jan 13, 2022

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Choose Chicago and United Airlines currently collaborate on an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Apprenticeship Program, also with support from Tourism Diversity Matters. United Airlines fully funds the program in 2022, and one lucky candidate will be selected to complete the competitive pilot program.

 

The program offers five distinct specializations offered by the Choose Chicago Career Track:

  • Global Development
  • Sports Commission
  • Marketing
  • Partnership
  • Sales & Services/Event Management

 

There will also be one career track within United Airlines, where the apprentice will work for about four to six weeks. The apprentice gains 600 hours of working within the multiple departments, with a monthly stipend at a minimum of $17/hour, paid travel expenses, a meals stipend, and job placement upon successful completion of the program.

 

“We’re proud to partner with Choose Chicago as they launch the EDI Apprenticeship Program in support of their commitment to creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world,” said Glenn Hollister, vice president, Sales Strategy & Effectiveness, United Airlines. “Together, we’re collaborating in innovative ways to deliver on our shared vision of breaking barriers and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.”

 

The apprentice receives work experience through shadowing, mentorship, application, interdepartmental tasks and exposure to local stakeholders, clients and community partners. Learn more and apply for the apprenticeship.

 

“This is an extremely exciting and important organizational initiative to help make the tourism and hospitality industry more accessible and equitable,” said Glenn Eden, chairman, Choose Chicago. “One of Chicago’s strengths is the diversity of our City and it is critical that future leaders of our industry represent the diversity of our community. We are thrilled to be able to launch this with United Airlines given their longstanding commitment and leadership in this area.”

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