Making inclusion a priority benefits your Apprenticeship Intermediary Organization.

Benefits to your AIO

Making diversity and inclusion a priority of your program has tremendous benefits to your organization and your current and future apprentices:

  • It helps expand your recruitment to underserved populations and fulfill requirements tied to funding streams.
  • It attracts new applicants, particularly those with disabilities, who are seeking programs that understand their needs.
  • It encourages inclusive design and delivery of your Related Technical Instruction (RTI), which ensures participants can access and engage with your content.
  • You are better able to develop accessible recruiting and on-boarding practices that benefit all employees, particularly those with disabilities.
  • It opens opportunities to partner with employers seeking to diversify their workforce.

PIA can help

We can work with you to ensure your AIO’s practices are inclusive, helping to:

  • Expand your program to be more diverse, inclusive, and accessible.
  • Find and recruit people with disabilities to join your program; find candidates interested in working in growing industries and/or for companies located in specific regions.
  • Make the case to employers that inclusive apprenticeships make good business sense.
  • Understand the accessibility needs of apprentices with disabilities and how to incorporate accessibility into all stages of your program.
  • Help identify and analyze policies that can expand your funding streams.
  • Connect you with collaborators and subject matter experts in inclusion, accessible technology, state and federal policy, advocacy of people with disabilities, and more.

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AIO Resources

AIM Policy Brief: Using Universal Design for Learning in Apprenticeship

This AIM Policy and Practice Brief identifies several practices tested in education and work-based learning programs that would benefit apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. Some of the practices include co-designing programs, tools and materials alongside learners and instructors, or applying classroom-tested UDL practices that translate to the apprenticeship setting and other key practices.

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AIM Policy Brief: Funding Inclusive Apprenticeships: Strategies for Braiding, Blending, and Aligning Resources

This AIM Policy and Practice Brief identifies several common funding strategies for funding inclusive apprenticeship programs, including recruitment outreach and supportive services; monetary and in-kind support from the employer and other sources; collaborative funding to braid, blend, and align resources and services; and other collaborative funding approaches.

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Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

A leading source of free and confidential expertise and guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment. JAN helps individuals with disabilities enhance employability while offering employers guidance on workplace accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

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Improving Transition Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities by Increasing Access to Apprenticeship Opportunities (PDF)

This issue report prepared for U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) by the Institute of Educational Leadership and HeiTech Services, Inc. provides an overview of the apprenticeship program and opportunities for youth with disabilities. The report also identifies strategies for overcoming obstacles that may impact the participation of youth with disabilities.

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