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Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential. Apprenticeship programs are a proven solution for employers, giving them the tools they need to recruit, train, and retain skilled workers. Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with a steady paycheck, making it an ideal solution for many Americans, including those with disabilities.

Registered Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of occupations, including traditional fields, like construction, and high-growth, and nontraditional fields, like health care and information technology.

ODEP promotes inclusive apprenticeship program models that meet employer needs by attracting a diverse array of candidates, including people with disabilities. ODEP works to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in apprenticeship programs by influencing national and state policies and providing effective practices.

DOL and Apprenticeship

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is committed to growing and expanding apprenticeship and has recently awarded $183 million as part of the Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grants to expand apprenticeships and make them available to more workers and employers.

DOL has also awarded a two-year, $1.9 million contract to Social Policy Research Associates Inc. for the Inclusive Apprenticeship Initiative for Youth and Adults with Disabilities. The Apprenticeship Inclusion Models (AIM) demonstration project will develop pilot projects that research, test, and evaluate innovative strategies in existing apprenticeship programs to expand access, education, and occupational skills training in information technology (IT), health care, and other in-demand sectors. Sign up for AIM Community of Practice and Newsletter.

Apprenticeship Disability-Inclusion Guides

ODEP's #ApprenticeshipWorks Guides introduce youth, educators, service providers, and businesses to the benefits and opportunities of inclusive apprenticeship.

The #ApprenticeshipWorks Video Series demonstrates how apprenticeship works for job seekers and employers. These videos feature apprentices with and without disabilities and their apprenticeship sponsors participating in inclusive apprenticeship programs in high-growth industries like information technology and healthcare. Videos are available in English and Spanish with full captioning and audio introduced versions.

Apprenticeship Toolkit

Related Resources

Youth and Future Apprentices

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

  • Job Corps DOL-funded free education and training program that helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment.
  • YouthBuild DOL-funded YouthBuild is a community-based pre-apprenticeship program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24 who have previously dropped out of high school.

Employers

Educators and Service Providers

  • High School Apprenticeship Information on youth apprenticeship programs for high school students.
  • Apprenticeship Partner Finder DOL's Partner Finder can connect you with the right partners to help you design, develop, or enhance your apprenticeship program.
  • State Apprenticeship Information Provides information about state apprenticeship programs and contact information for state departments of labor.
  • National Apprenticeship Week National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), now in its fifth year, is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers. NAW 2019 will be held November 11-17, 2019.
  • 2019 National Apprenticeship Week News Release The fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week will be held from November 11-17, 2019. National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration that brings together business leaders, labor, educational institutions, and Americans interested in apprenticeships to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the U.S. skills gap and preparing the American workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

DOL Blogs on Apprenticeships

Related Documents

Advisories & Rules

Reports

Papers

Last Updated: 9/16/2019