Company partners with the Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Department of Economic Security


PHOENIX, AZ (July 25, 2018)  In a ceremony held today at the Arizona State Capitol, Liberty Mutual Insurance announced its new Arizona Apprenticeship Program that it is administering in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Department of Economic Security.  The apprenticeship program is Liberty’s latest initiative in its effort to reach previously untapped talent pipelines and one that leverages Arizona’s database of over 200,000 apprentice candidates.


Arizona Governor Doug Ducey commented: "Continuing investments in workforce training will help prepare Arizonans to find the right jobs.  We're pleased that Liberty Mutual will be contributing to this goal with their apprenticeship program, providing Arizonans with the tools for success in business and finance."   


“We are excited to work with the State of Arizona on this unique program and by the prospect of the extensive pool of experienced employees we now have the opportunity to reach,” said Joe Kiley, Manager of Talent Acquisition for Liberty Mutual Insurance.  “Today we formally signed on our first three apprentices and I am pleased to welcome Austin, Braxton and Keith to the Liberty team.  We look forward to working closely with the state to identify more candidates for our field sales roles and the opportunity to use this nationally-recognized education and training program to raise awareness about the exciting careers offered by the insurance industry.”


The new apprentices will work in Liberty’s Scottsdale, AZ office in a year-long training program that includes: licensing in personal lines, life and health, product knowledge; policy quoting, phone and appointment skills; and concludes with a property and casualty license.  At the end of six months, the apprentices will be eligible for sales associate roles and at the successful completion of the full year, they will be qualified for a sales representative position. 


“We appreciate the confidence Liberty Mutual has in our state to bring this pilot program--the first in the nation for the company--here. Arizona has the talent pool to provide Liberty Mutual with the candidates the company needs to make this program a success,” said Sandra Watson, President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The program will be of great benefit to Arizonans seeking new opportunities by providing them with an excellent path to careers in the insurance industry.”


DES Director Michael Trailor said: “DES is eager to partner with Liberty Mutual and the Arizona Commerce Authority to continue expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Arizona. Our desire is that job seekers interested in business services will find success with this new program.”


The Registered Apprenticeship system of training is unique in that it is the only formal, structured, and nationally recognized education and training program available that combines the two most common forms of career and occupational learning: classroom instruction with on-the-job training. 


The apprenticeship program is a natural fit with Liberty Mutual’s coaching-centric environment in which employees have the opportunity to constantly develop their skills and to move up or laterally within a function or seamlessly among different areas of the company.  All employees have access to classroom, eLearning and virtual instructor-led training. Informal and on-demand programs are available. This includes extensive courses in professional development as well as technical and insurance-related topics.


Media Contact

Connie Weber, Arizona Commerce Authority, [email protected]


About Liberty Mutual Insurance  

Liberty Mutual’s purpose is to help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow.  The promise we make to our customers throughout the world is to provide protection for the unexpected, delivered with care. 


In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, Mass., today we are a leading global insurer with operations in 30 countries and economies around the world.  We are the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2017 direct written premium data as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  We also rank 68th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2017 revenue.  As of December 31, 2017, we had $39.4 billion in annual consolidated revenue. 


We employ nearly 50,000 people in over 800 offices throughout the world.  We offer a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, commercial multi-peril, property, general liability, commercial automobile, surety, workers compensation, specialty lines, and reinsurance.  


You can learn more about us by visiting


About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create - attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.


About the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Registered Apprenticeship Program

The Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) plays an integral role in improving Arizona's workforce by assisting individuals who are unemployed and underemployed, and those with barriers to employment, to prepare for and obtain gainful employment. DERS supports Arizona employers with recruitment assistance by connecting them to a skilled workforce. DES’ Registered Apprenticeship Program provides Arizona job seekers with a ‘earn as you learn’ opportunity to become skilled and certified in a vocation preparing them for a life-long gainful career. For more information about the Arizona Apprenticeship Program, please visit