ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy
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Workforce Recruitment Program
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) manage the program, which continues to be successful with the participation of many other federal agencies and sub-agencies. Since the program's expansion in 1995, over 7,000 students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP.
Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter signed a memorandum Celebrating 20 Years of Employment for College Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the WRP in 2015.
- Navigating the Job Search Process for Applicants Video Series
- I am the Workforce Photo Project Participant Profiles
- WRP Success Stories
- Other Internship Programs
- Job candidates pre-screened through face-to-face interviews
- Information about each applicant's qualifications
- Search capabilities tailored to specific job requirements
- Access to candidates across the nation, by state or job category
- Flexibility in hiring for summer internships or permanent positions
- Opportunity to identify outstanding candidates for permanent staffing needs
- Freedom to conduct independent interviews after qualified candidates are identified
- Ability to search for candidates who self-identify as Schedule A Eligible and those who are Veterans
- Let Campus Coordinators know about new job opportunities by filling out an online job openings form.
Toolkit and Resources
- WRP Database for Federal Employers
- Talent Has No Boundaries: An Employer's Guide to Recruiting and Retaining People with Disabilities Archived Webcast
- WRP Federal Employer Toolkit
- Q&A from the February 7th WRP Kick Off Event at the USDA
- WRP and Pathways Resource Guide
- Understanding WRP and Pathways HHS Presentation
- Understanding WRP and Pathways for ALL Federal Agencies
- Private sector employers can take advantage of the program through the WRP.jobs website.
- WRP.jobs was created to allow private sector employers to reach WRP students. Within WRP.jobs, private sector employers can post positions and WRP students and recent graduates can respond directly.
- All WRP job candidates are pre-screened.
- WRP candidates represent a wide variety of majors and are in, or have graduated from, undergraduate, graduate, or law programs.
- WRP candidates are located across the nation.
- WRP candidates may be available for summer internships or permanent positions.
The WRP provides a unique opportunity for colleges and universities to
- Tap into a system that has been successfully placing students and recent graduates with disabilities in summer and permanent positions in the public and private sectors for over 15 years, at no cost to the school and candidates.
- Bring together the resources of their disability services, career services, and veteran services offices to promote more effectively the job seeking skills and career readiness of their students and recent graduates with disabilities.
- Provide their students and recent graduates with disabilities a chance to grow personally and professionally through participation in this nationwide program.
The WRP Process
- The WRP is run on an annual basis and requires applicants to have a remote interview (during the fall semester) with one of our recruiters.
- Schools that would like to participate in the WRP must be accredited by one of the accrediting agencies recognized by the US Department of Education, and must provide at least eight eligible candidates for our recruiter to interview.
- Information is sent out each year in the spring to register for our recruitment schedule for the following fall. For information on how the process works, review the Leading The Way to Career Success: A Campus Coordinator's Guide to Managing the WRP Process, and the Leading the Way to Career Success 2015 Materials.
- If your school is interested in participating in the WRP please send an email with your contact information to the WRP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WRP is an excellent way for students and recent graduates with disabilities in all fields of study to
- Market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States
- Sharpen their interviewing skills during a required phone interview with a WRP recruiter
- Gain valuable skills, experience, and contacts on the job
- Prove that people with disabilities can be excellent employees
Eligible candidates must contact their WRP Campus Coordinator early in the Spring semester to be considered for inclusion into the WRP. Candidates must follow through with their campus coordinators to ensure successful completion of the online application process and any additional requirements that their campus coordinator has put in place. Phone interviews are conducted in October and early November.
- Put Your Abilities to Work: A Student's Guide to the Workforce Recruitment Program Webinar
- Pathways to Federal Employment Webinar for Students with Disabilities
- Navigating the Job Search Process for Applicants Video Series
- Sample Schedule A Letter (PDF)
- Schedule A Checklist for Students (PDF)
Want to do your part to increase employment of people with disabilities in the federal government? Register to recruit for the Workforce Recruitment Program!
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is the primary pipeline bringing students and recent graduates with disabilities into federal employment and the largest database of Schedule A candidates in the federal government. Each year, WRP recruiters interview over 3,800 talented candidates from 320 schools across the country.
Why Recruit for WRP?
- You will have a personal impact on the hiring of people with disabilities in the federal government.
- You will get a first look at a group of highly motivated candidates that your agency could bring on easily using the Schedule A Hiring Authority for summer jobs, internships or regular full time positions.
- You can choose how many 30-minute phone interviews you wish to do (minimum of 10, maximum of 50).
- Once assigned to a college, you will have three full weeks to complete your phone interviews, and interview timing is completely flexible around your schedule.
- By becoming as a WRP recruiter, you will receive training on accommodations, disability etiquette, and disability disclosure key knowledge areas that will benefit your agency.
- Agree to conduct a minimum of 10 30-minute phone interviews (5 hours), write interview notes for each student, and submit into the WRP database.
- Be a federal employee at the GS-9 level or above.
- Complete a 1 hour online training and complete a short quiz by mid-August.
- Submit required paperwork and receive permission from your supervisor.
- Have availability during recruitment season in October and November.
Take the time to register now! Go to www.wrp.gov.
Register to be a Recruiter
- Complete the registration form
- Identifying Talented Candidates with Disabilities (Recruiter Training)