Employers

Creating an inclusive workplace benefits your organization.

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

Employer 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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