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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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Benefits to your organization

Apprenticeship programs save employers time and money to pre-screen and train candidates and build a pipeline of qualified talent. Designing these programs to be inclusive benefits your organization:

Learn more about the benefits of apprenticeships at Apprenticeship.gov

PIA can help

We can work with you to facilitate the design of diverse and inclusive apprenticeship programs, helping to:

  • Expand your apprenticeship program to be more diverse, inclusive, and accessible.
  • Provide you with the resources, knowledge, and experience to support apprentices with disabilities.
  • Create relationships with AIOs to help streamline the process for designing inclusive programs.
  • Work with AIOs to source diverse candidates.
  • Understand the accessibility needs of your apprentices with disabilities.
  • Purchase accessible technology to support the success of all apprentices and employees, including those with disabilities. (Learn more about procurement from PEATworks.org.)

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“It’s in a company’s best interest to be inclusive of people with disabilities because when you include us, it leads to innovation, the development of new products and services, increased productivity … a better bottom line.”

– Jill Houghton, President & CEO, Disability:IN

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Leveraging Partners to Serve Returning Citizens with Disabilities

While American Job Centers (AJC) play a crucial role in helping returning citizens with disabilities find and retain employment, they often do not work alone. Instead, many AJCs rely on partner organizations to help them meet the unique needs of these customers. This resource identifies partners and organizations that support AJCs and offer assistance to serve returning citizens with disabilities.

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Disability Disclosure for Returning Citizens

Returning citizens with disabilities may not be aware of the need to disclose a disability, or they may be reluctant to disclose a disability when seeking American Job Center (AJC) services. This may be due to a fear of being stigmatized or concern that the information will be shared with employers without permission. The following resource was created for AJC staff to encourage self-disclosure among returning citizens. The strategies offered in this resource may be helpful when considering disability disclosure.

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Inclusive Apprenticeship: A Summary of What We Know About Apprentices with Disabilities

Inclusive apprenticeship programs—those that support and are designed to be inclusive of apprentices with disabilities—hold promise for improving long-term employment outcomes for participants. However, little is known about the prevalence and operations of inclusive apprenticeship programs. This report summarizes current information on experiences of people with disabilities in apprenticeship, drawing on the research literature, interviews with experts on inclusive apprenticeship, and administrative and survey data.

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Perspectives on Apprenticeship: What Employers Should Know About the Value of Inclusive Apprenticeship Programs

This resource is designed to help employers better understand the benefits of inclusive apprenticeship programs and how collaborating with apprenticeship intermediaries, disability advocates, and people with disabilities can help create inclusive apprenticeship programs that enable job seekers with disabilities to gain credentials and skills to succeed in growing industries.

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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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