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The Workforce Recruitment Program: Tap Into the Talent of Young Workers With Disabilities

For many businesses, the approach of the New Year involves strategic planning. It's a time to outline priorities and set goals, and more often than not, staffing, recruiting and other human capital issues are at the top of the list.

One way to ensure a successful, long-term human capital strategy is to build a strong pipeline of talent that can serve your needs now, and in the future. Many businesses turn to internships as an effective hiring and recruitment solution. It's a tactic that can help you fill short-term or seasonal staffing needs, evaluate potential permanent employees, and diversify your workforce by adding the new perspectives of a younger generation.

One proven resource for finding qualified interns is the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), which connects businesses to a database of about 1,800 pre-screened and highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities. Private-sector employers can take advantage of this resource through WRP.jobs — a portal specifically designed to connect them to qualified talent. At WRP.jobs, private-sector employers can post permanent and temporary positions, and WRP students can search and apply for these positions using employers' standard application processes. Only pre-screened WRP students have access to postings on WRP.jobs.

It's hard to ignore the value of the WRP. Just consider Daman Wandke, a WRP intern who landed a position at technology firm, SSB BART Group. Daman serves as a user interface analyst at the firm, helping clients identify ways to make their websites and other technology applications more accessible. And it's a relationship that has benefited employer and employee alike. "When we look at Daman, I say he has had a positive impact on us," says Timothy Springer, SSB BART Group's CEO. "We look for employees to make us smarter on average; he definitely passes that test. And in that same vein I think we've built an organization where we can have a positive impact on his life and help him realize his full potential."

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 employer webpage.

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