Apprenticeship is a strategy that connects workers with the skills they need to get and keep good jobs. Registered Apprenticeship programs are also 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 healthcare 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
DOL is committed to apprenticeship and has awarded $175 million as part of the American Apprenticeship 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. This 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), healthcare, and other in-demand sectors. Sign up for AIM Community of Practice and Newsletter.
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.
- Introduction to the Apprenticeship Toolkit: Youth with Disabilities Entering the Workplace through Apprenticeship
- Module 1: Understanding Apprenticeship Basics
- Module 2: Preparing Youth and Young Adults for Apprenticeship Programs
- Module 3: Increasing the Participation of Young Adults with Disabilities in Apprenticeship Programs
- Module 4: Establishing New Apprenticeship Programs
- Module 5: What Apprenticeship Employers Need To Know About Working with Young Adults with Disabilities
- Module 6: Looking To Future Opportunities In Apprenticeship
Notices & Rulings
- Training and Employment Notice No. 04-15 provides information and resources on promising strategies to promote the inclusion of youth and adults with disabilities in registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships.
- Training and Employment Notice No. 10-09 describes an issue paper and toolkit on improving transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities through apprenticeship.
- Final Rule on Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship was issued by DOL in 2016 and is an updated Final Rule on equal employment opportunity in apprenticeship, which helps promote access to apprenticeships for people with disabilities and other communities.
- Registered Apprenticeship Programs: Improving the Pipeline for People with Disabilities discusses policy environments affecting apprenticeship, inclusive models, and strategies to address challenges that both programs and participants face.
- Improving Transition Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities by Increasing Access to Apprenticeship Opportunities Issue Paper examines the role apprenticeship can play in increasing opportunities and improving outcomes for youth with disabilities as they move from school to the workplace.
- Apprenticeships: Modernizing a Proven Workforce Development Strategy explores the current collaborative approach to apprenticeships, involving manufacturers, workforce educators and others.
- Job Corps DOL funded free education and training program to help youth earn a high school diploma or GED, learn career skills and maintain employment
- YouthBuild DOL funded youth and community development program that addresses a variety of issues facing low-income communities.
- CareerOneStop's Apprenticeship Finder An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training and specialized classes to help workers enter highly skilled occupations. Get started by entering an occupation or keyword and your location.
- High School Apprenticeship Information on high school apprenticeship programs.
- Information and Benefits for Apprentices Information for individuals interested in pursuing apprenticeships.
- Apprenticeship.gov A web-based no-cost tool that allows employers to promote apprenticeships in their industries, and offers career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state, and occupation.
- State Apprenticeship Information Provides information about state apprenticeship programs and contact information for state departments of labor.
- 2018 National Apprenticeship Week Press Release November 12-18, 2018, marked DOLs National Apprenticeship Week. Activities highlighted successes in apprenticeship all over the country and promoted the model for more potential apprentices and employers.
DOL Blogs on Apprenticeships
Last Updated: 7/31/2019