Apprenticeship Equal Employment Opportunity Toolkit

The U.S. The Department of Labor has set a utilization goal for sponsors of Registered Apprenticeship Programs: 7% of individuals enrolled should be individuals with disabilities. Follow the guidance in PIA’s Apprenticeship Equal Employment Opportunity Toolkit, which will help put businesses on the path toward reaching the 7% goal and complying with USDOL’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations for Registered Apprenticeship Programs.

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Stories of Success

How Inclusive Apprenticeships Advanced the Careers of People with Disabilities

Featured Apprentice Tony Granillow. Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Featured Apprentice Bobby Moran. Systems Engineer, E.W. Scripps

We interviewed apprentices, including those with disabilities, to get their perspectives on how participating in an inclusive apprenticeship program helped them launch their careers.

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Resources

3 people connected to 3 gearsBest Practices for Accessible On-the-Job Training
An Employer’s Guide to infusing inclusion and accessibility into on-the-job training (OJT)

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Guidance for sponsors to help them comply with DOL’s EEO regulations for apprenticeships

Designing Inclusive Apprenticeships
A Guide for Recruiting & Training Apprentices with Disabilities

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Podcast

A Military Veteran Finds Her Career in Cybersecurity through Apprenticeship

Kristin StrandEpisode 18: November 17th is Women in Apprenticeship Day—a part of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). In honor of NAW, military veteran, Kristin Strand, shares how her experience in the Apprenti Tech Apprenticeship program helped advance her career in cybersecurity.

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Events

Webinar – Inclusive Apprenticeships: Shaping Your Community’s Workforce


Communities across the country are turning to apprenticeship programs to build a skilled workforce. When these programs are designed to be inclusive, they can support your local organizations as they build more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible workplaces.

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What is PIA?

PIA collaborates with employers and apprenticeship intermediaries to design inclusive apprenticeship programs that meet employer talent needs and enable people with disabilities to gain credentials and skills to succeed in growing industries. Learn more about PIA.

Taking apprenticeships to the next level

Apprenticeship programs help employers train their future workforce and enable individuals to gain paid work experience and training. The Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA) helps design diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible apprenticeship programs that are available to all.

PIA’s Impact

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Since our launch, PIA has made a significant and measurable impact. Review this snapshot of what our team has accomplished since we started our work in October of 2020.

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Benefits of inclusive apprenticeships

  • Inclusive apprenticeships help employers build a diverse and inclusive workforce of trained professionals, and employers that invest in hiring persons with disabilities receive financial benefits.
  • Inclusive apprenticeship programs create employment opportunities for people with cognitive, physical, mental health, and sensory disabilities.
  • People with disabilities enrolled in inclusive apprenticeship programs earn money while they gain on-the-job training and life-long skills to succeed in high growth, high demand fields.
  • Apprenticeship intermediaries focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility can reach underrepresented groups and create career pathways for people with disabilities in the current and future workplace.
  • Employers can benefit from hiring people with disabilities through increased revenue, greater retention, attraction of a more diverse customer base, and a more inclusive and accessible workplace culture.

Employers who champion disability inclusion earn 28% higher revenue.

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Why now?


There’s a wealth of untapped talent

Inclusive apprenticeship programs can drive career pathways for youth and adults with disabilities in growing industries including clean energy, healthcare, IT, cybersecurity, and more.


Employers seek skilled workers

Recruiters are concerned about finding quality talent (PDF). Inclusive apprenticeship programs can bring a wealth of untapped talent to fill critical positions.


Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
(DEIA) is a priority

Organizations are investing in DEIA. Inclusive apprenticeships can help employers build a more inclusive workplace and adhere to regulations related to hiring diverse employees, including those with disabilities.


Telework is
expanding

Telework offers opportunities to attract untapped talent. Inclusive apprenticeships help employers identify a new pool of candidates and understand the accessibility needs of employees.