Glossary

Accessible Workplace Technology:
Accessible workplace technology is technology that has been designed with the needs of different users in mind. It includes built-in customization features that enable users with disabilities to customize their experiences and support their unique access needs, while giving them the ability to independently use these technologies.

Accessibility:
Accessibility is the concept of whether a product, place, or service can be used by everyone—however they encounter it.

Accommodations:
A job or workplace accommodation is an adjustment to a job or work environment that makes it possible for an individual with a disability to perform their job duties. Accommodations may include specialized equipment, adjustments to work schedules or responsibilities, and more. Accommodations must also be made available during the job application process and during any apprenticeship/new employee training.

Apprenticeship Intermediary Organization (AIO):
AIOs connect apprentices and employers to help launch, grow, and maintain apprenticeship programs. AIOs are often run by industry associations, chambers of commerce, community and technical colleges, community-based organizations, labor management partnerships, and workforce development boards.

Related Technical Instruction (RTI):
RTI is the virtual or in-person classroom portion of an apprenticeship program that provides each apprentice with the theoretical and technical knowledge necessary to be successful in a given field.

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP):
A RAP is a proven model of apprenticeship validated by the U.S. Department of Labor or a state apprenticeship agency. A RAP provides paid apprentices with classroom instruction and structured on-the-job training with an experienced mentor. RAPs also help companies successfully recruit, develop, and retain a highly-skilled workforce.

Pre-Apprenticeship Program (PAP):
A PAP is a program or set of services designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a RAP by helping them meet entry requirements to be successful apprentices. To be considered a PAP, the program must have at least one documented partnership with a RAP.

On-the-Job Training (OJT):
OJT is time spent learning the skills needed to perform a job. Employers often provide structured hands-on training and peer or supervisor mentoring to apprentices. During OJT, an apprentice learns their employer’s processes and procedures and may be given the opportunity to observe (or job shadow) an experienced employee as they perform certain job tasks.