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How an Inclusive Apprenticeship Led to Marketable Skills in IT: A Neurodiverse Apprentice Shares His Success Story

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Episode 15: How an Inclusive Apprenticeship Led to Marketable Skills in IT: A Neurodiverse Apprentice Shares His Success Story Earl Dube, a graduate of the Bridge to Opportunity IT program who identifies as neurodivergent, shares his journey into an IT career through apprenticeship. He provides advice to other job candidates with disabilities, as well as to employers of neurodiverse apprentices about how they can create inclusive workplaces to broaden their access to a large talent pool of tech professionals.

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New Florida milestone highlights the value of apprenticeships for the solar industry

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This article is reprinted from Solar Power World with the permission of the editor. Registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs) are a proven workforce development tool that is employer-driven and worker-centric. They provide a pathway for new employees to earn an entry-level salary while learning the trade through a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction, with progressive wage increases as they learn and gain experience. Apprenticeships can also help grow the solar workforce at a time when demand for workers is high and our industry will need to grow significantly to meet clean energy and climate targets. There are many additional benefits of registered apprenticeship programs, including access to tax credits, tuition and wage reimbursement, GI Bill housing allowances and other financial incentives. Unfortunately, solar apprenticeship programs have historically been limited because key solar jobs are not yet recognized as “apprenticeable” by the U.S. Department of Labor. A recent milestone in Florida underscores the value of solar apprenticeships and complements an existing effort among industry stakeholders to develop standards that would enable this option across the country. Florida creates a solar installer registered apprenticeship program The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) and Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA) worked together...
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Creating a Truly Inclusive Workplace: A Conversation Between Colleagues with Disabilities

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Episode 14: Four colleagues at Wheelhouse Group, who lead the PIA & PEAT initiatives as prime contractors, come together to discuss their personal experiences as employees with disabilities. Based on their lived experiences as individuals with mental health disabilities, visual impairment and substance use disorder, they offer their advice on what employers and fellow team members can do to create a truly inclusive and stigma free workplace.

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How Inclusive Apprenticeships Can Help Address the Clean Energy Sector’s Growing Talent Needs

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Episode 11: Amanda Bybee, CEO of Amicus Solar Cooperative Amanda Bybee, CEO of Amicus Solar Cooperative and recognized leader in the clean energy sector, discusses career opportunities and access to high-growth, high-demand jobs in the solar energy sector and the industry’s commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive pipeline of talent to fill their workforce needs.

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The Inclusive Apprenticeship Experience: An Apprentice Discusses his Journey to a Career in Cybersecurity

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Episode 10:Chad Chaffee, cybersecurity apprentice with Apprenti Chad Chaffee, a cybersecurity apprentice with Apprenti, discusses the benefits of inclusive apprenticeship for people with disabilities. He dives into how the culture of inclusion at Apprenti encouraged him to self-disclose his ADHD and provided him access to a career in a high-growth, high-demand sector in a supportive and inclusive workplace environment.

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Disability Inclusion Training for Employers

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Episode 9: Dr. James McNeil, vocational rehabilitation, disability management, and HR compliance expert Dr. 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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Building a Diverse & Inclusive Workforce Through Apprenticeship

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Episode 7: Mary Wright, Program Manager for SHRM Human Resources Registered Apprenticeship Program Mary Wright, Program Manager for the newly launched SHRM Human Resources Registered Apprenticeship Program, discusses how “earn and learn” apprenticeships are helping to close the skills gap and enable employers to access new workforce talent. https://inclusiveapprenticeship.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Ep-311-PIA-Series-Mary_Wright_Apprenticeship_Program_Mgr_SHRM.mp3 Transcript Introduction: [00:00:00.96] Welcome to the Workology Podcast, a podcast for the disruptive workplace leader. Join host Jessica Miller-Merrell, founder of Workology.com, as she sits down and gets to the bottom of trends, tools and case studies for the business leader, HR and recruiting professional who is tired of the status quo. Now, here's Jessica with this episode of Workology. Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:00:26.73] This episode of the Workology podcast is part of a podcast series powered by the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship, or PIA. PIA is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, or ODEP. In November of 2020, ODEP launched PIA to ensure all apprenticeship programs are inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. PIA collaborates with employers and apprentice programs to help meet employer talent needs and enable people with disabilities to benefit from apprenticeships that increase their opportunities for lifelong access to high...
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