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Creating a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible workforce through apprenticeship 

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Increasing Access to Clean Energy Careers for People with Disabilities

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.

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 underserved populations 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

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


#ApprenticeshipWorks Guide for Individuals (PDF)

A guide for individuals with disabilities from U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) offers youth with disabilities an overview on pursuing inclusive career paths through apprenticeship. Read more.

Effective Employer Engagement Practices: Observations from Select Technology Apprenticeship Programs (PDF)

Based on interviews with program implementers, this report from Jobs for the Future provides recommendations on effective practices to engage employers in tech-centered apprenticeship programs. Read more.

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Disability Inclusion Training for Employers

Episode 9: Dr. James McNeil, vocational rehabilitation, disability management, and HR compliance expert

Dr. James McNeilDr. James McNeil, a recognized expert in vocational rehabilitation, disability management, and HR compliance discusses the positive effect of disability inclusion training for employers and how appropriate accommodations are allowing employers to grow a dedicated and skilled workforce while addressing intersectionality and its impact on their DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility) goals.

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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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lightbulv in converation bubblePerspectives on Apprenticeship – What Employers Should Know About Inclusive Apprenticeships

Are you an employer seeking to create a pipeline of diverse, untapped talent? Read PIA’s newest resource – Perspectives on Apprenticeship: What Employers Should Know About the Value of Inclusive Apprenticeship Programs. We developed this resource to help employers better understand the value of creating inclusive apprenticeships, specifically for people with disabilities, to meet their organizations’ unique talent needs.

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