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Spotlight on Apprenticeships

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More employers are investing in apprenticeship programs to attract new talent. This includes inclusive apprenticeship opportunities that provide skills and training to people with disabilities. Apprenticeship programs can offer opportunities for learning new skills, getting a job, and a finding a career path.

Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training and related instruction with the goal of gaining the skills required for an occupation, craft or trade. Apprenticeships offer a pathway to higher levels of employment and wages for employees with and without disabilities, and are beneficial to both employee and employer.

Following are some resources to get you started in learning more apprenticeships:

Expanding Apprenticeships Under WIOA

This video features four practitioners who discuss the opportunities for expanding apprenticeships under WIOA. The participants document that WIOA enables them to match pre-approved apprenticeship curricula with work-based learning, thereby creating an “earn and learn” model. They compare apprenticeship to the “HOV lane,” enabling them to put all the pieces together to meet the needs of both employers and jobseekers. Voices of Experience on Advancing Apprenticeship as a Workforce Solution (video)

Developing High-Quality Programs and Policies

This report outlines principles, framing, analysis, and recommendations to guide federal, state, and local decision-makers and partners in developing equitable and high-quality pre-apprenticeship programs and policy. Principles for a High-Quality Pre-Apprenticeship

Step-by-Step Apprenticeship Implementation Guide

Key steps for vocational rehabilitation agencies to consider when developing paid work experience programs. State VR agencies can participate in pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs in a number of ways, such as recruiting VR customers, supporting the costs of training, and providing VR customers with access to critical supportive services. There are already many pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs across the country, and state VR agencies are encouraged to explore opportunities to participate in these existing programs. When existing options are limited, state VR agencies can also work
with partners to begin planning programs in specific areas.

The Step-by-Step Apprenticeship Implementation guide outlines key steps for VR programs to consider for participating in pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs.

Emerging Lessons for Inclusive Apprenticeship Programs: Managing Through the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) sponsored the Apprenticeship Inclusion Models (AIM) initiative. The initiative focused on building capacity for inclusive apprenticeship programs. It also focused on developing and disseminating resources and tools to make apprenticeship onboarding and recruitment, education and training, and workplace experiences and mentoring more inclusive, specifically for people with disabilities. In particular, the initiative sought to learn how inclusive practices from education, workplace, and work-based learning settings could be applied to apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs (pdf).

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