Phase 3:
Designing Inclusive On-the-Job Training (OJT)

Develop & Sustain a Culture of Inclusion

If a company’s culture is inclusive and accessibility is a priority, apprentices with disabilities are more likely to succeed. It will also help attract future apprentices and employees with disabilities.

Communicate Commitment to Inclusion:

Take steps to ensure your organization communicates its disability inclusion policies and practices and its overall commitment to disability inclusion. Your commitment should be communicated both internally to staff and externally to stakeholders.

Train and Support Staff:

Those working closely with apprentices with disabilities, including mentors and direct supervisors, should be fluent in best practices for accessibility and accommodations. They must understand the needs of their new apprentices and what to expect to ensure they are learning the skills required to be successful on the job.

Start a Disability-focused Employee Resource Group (ERG):

Work with staff to launch an ERG, which will help create an environment where employees with disabilities feel comfortable disclosing and, in turn, helping others.

Work to Sustain a Culture of Inclusion:

Creating a culture of inclusion is an ongoing process. This culture must be maintained through ongoing activities, continued staff training, and gathering regular feedback from apprentices.

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