Accenture to add 600 jobs by 2022, double apprenticeship program

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Accenture to announce their expansion in the West Loop on Wednesday morning.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker join Accenture senior managing director Jim Coleman at their West Loop office.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker join Accenture senior managing director Jim Coleman at their West Loop office on Wednesday to announce the firm’s expansion.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Accenture on Wednesday to announce the consulting firm will add 600 jobs and double its apprenticeship program by 2022.

Accenture will also consolidate all of its employees to its 500 W. Madison St. offices, with the building to be renamed Accenture Tower, Jim Coleman, Accenture’s senior managing director, announced alongside Pritzker and Lightfoot.

By 2022, the company plans to add 600 more jobs, including industry consulting, digital, security and technology. Most of those jobs will focus on new technologies.

Coleman, too, announced the company will double its apprenticeship program by 2022, which gives opportunities to students at City Colleges of Chicago.

“In expanding its own innovation hub and adding 600 more tech-specific jobs, Accenture is contributing to our momentum and capitalizing on a tremendous opportunity. That’s an economic investment that in itself is great for their company, for Accenture and great for our city and our state,” Pritzker said. “Great companies now and in the future are those that go beyond the bottom line, and in doubling its apprenticeship program, and investing not just in the city but also in its people, Accenture is demonstrating greatness in its commitment to a digital economy that is as inclusive as it is innovative.”

Lightfoot credited the company for investing in its “human capital.”

“There are few companies that have the track record of investment, of training, that Accenture does,” Lightfoot said. “So, this apprenticeship work is just a natural extension of the work that Accenture, and before Andersen Consulting, has been in because they recognize the value of investing in its people.”

The company plans to have all 6,200 employees working under the same roof by 2022, as well. The company has another office at 161 N. Clark St.

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