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Workforce Recruitment Program: The Power of Positive Influence
Ask the owner of any thriving business to share the secrets to their success and they’ll likely cite a mix of hard work, tenacity and even luck. But most will also acknowledge other people—individuals who encouraged them to set and achieve their goals. Whether a relative, teacher or former boss who believed in their potential, someone positively influenced them along the way.
For many, an early work experience may have played a pivotal role in propelling them forward. Internships and other short-term employment arrangements offer young people a valuable opportunity to gain skills and learn about their employment options through first-hand experience and trusted relationships with seasoned professionals. At the same time, they offer employers an easy and effective way to evaluate potential employees and cultivate a pipeline of talent for the future.
Now, assistance is available for employers interested in recruiting talented interns—and helping to nurture the nation’s future workforce. The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) offers employers of all sizes access to a database of more than 2,000 qualified college students and recent graduates with disabilities seeking internships or permanent employment. Participants are selected for the WRP by professional recruiters following an extensive application and interview process at colleges nationwide.
If someone made a positive difference early in your career, the WRP offers an opportunity to pay it forward. Because as employers, small businesses have the power to play a big role in the expectations young people, including young people with disabilities, set for themselves.
Use of the WRP is free for all employers and facilitated through the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN), a service of the National Employer Technical Assistance Center funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. To learn more, visit the WRP webpage or call EARN at 1-855-AskEARN (1-855-275-3276) (Voice/TTY).
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