Disability and Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships are a great way for people with disabilities to gain entry into a number of well-paying occupations in the technology, manufacturing, construction, and health care industries. The technical assistance tools linked here range from WorkforceGPS resources, webinars, reports, and videos have been compiled to help you connect the pieces between the disability population and the expanding apprenticeship initiative.
- Expanding Apprenticeship for Individuals with Disabilities - Apprenticeship is expanding into fields with fewer strict physical demands. This link connects to examples of apprenticeship programs focused on the disability population through different resources.
- Introduction to Apprenticeship - As apprenticeship continues to grow and diversify across the country, more individuals and organizations are getting involved in apprenticeship work. Those getting started may not know where to begin. This link provides a compilation of “Apprenticeship 101” resources within the Apprenticeship Community of Practice.
- The Role of Community Colleges in Registered Apprenticeship - Community colleges often play a critical role in Registered Apprenticeship programs. They can develop the curriculum and provide the classroom instruction portion of an apprenticeship. This link provides a compilation of different examples how community colleges support Registered Apprenticeship.
- Youth Apprenticeship - Businesses, workforce professionals, educators, and others are looking to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship as an effective way to start high school students and other youth on a career pathway that leads to good wages and opportunities for advancement. This page includes resources to help grow apprenticeship for the youth and young adult populations.
- What Apprenticeship Employers Need To Know About Working with Young Adults with Disabilities - This link to an ODEP report provides an overview of what apprenticeship employers should know about people with disabilities, including information about their legal responsibilities to provide reasonable accommodations in the workplace.
- The #ApprenticeshipWorks Video Series - These videos from ODEP feature apprentices with their apprenticeship sponsors participating in apprenticeship programs in several high-growth industries.
- Apprenticeship EEO Regulations and Their Impact on State Apprenticeship Agencies - On April 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship led a webinar providing guidance to states with State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAA) on the newly implemented EEO regulations.
- Apprenticeship EEO Resources for Apprenticeship Sponsors - On August 14, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship led a webinar providing technical assistance to apprenticeship sponsors currently registered with the federal Office of Apprenticeship on the newly implemented compliance requirements surrounding non-discrimination.