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, nontraditional fields, like healthcare and information technology. 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 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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-apprenticeship.
- Registered Apprenticeship Programs: Improving the Pipeline for People with Disabilities This report discusses policy environments affecting apprenticeship, inclusive models, and strategies to address challenges that both programs and participants face.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apprenticeship Toolkit:
- 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
- This Press Release announces past cooperative agreements to promote inclusive apprenticeship programs.
- 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. The tool also includes information for high school students who are interested in apprenticeship.
- DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship has many resources for employers and apprentices.
- Final Rule on Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship In 2016, DOL issued an updated Final Rule on equal employment opportunity in apprenticeship, which helps promote access to apprenticeships for people with disabilities and other communities.
- 2018 National Apprenticeship Week Press Release Nov 12-18, 2018 marked DOL’s 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:
- 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.
- State Apprenticeship Information Provides information about state apprenticeship programs and contact information for state departments of labor.
- Women Build, Protect & Move America Find information and resources about women in higher-paying careers in transportation, construction, and protective services. You'll learn about training and apprenticeship opportunities, supportive services, and tradeswomen organizations.
- 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.
- What Apprenticeship Employers Need To Know About Working with Young Adults with Disabilities Describes the type of basic information about people with disabilities that apprenticeship employers should know, including information about their legal responsibilities to provide reasonable accommodations in the workplace.