A policy brief from the Council of State Governments that provides guidance to state policymakers on developing more inclusive telework policies and programs.
Facilitate Virtual OJT
While OJT has historically been conducted in-person, the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a switch to remote work in most fields.
Did you know?
According to a recent national survey, 15% of employed Americans worked remotely before the outbreak of COVID-19; telework increased to 50% during the pandemic. It’s likely telework will continue to remain at high levels post pandemic. Companies have become accustomed to this method of work and have seen financial benefits from the shift.
- As outlined in the report “Disability-Inclusive Telework for States: State Approaches to Increasing Access & Inclusion,” the Council of State Governments (CSG) notes that state agencies allowing telework can save over $11,000 annually for each employee who telecommutes half-time
It may not be possible to train apprentices virtually in certain fields. That said, the number of technology apprenticeships is increasing, making telework in those fields a feasible option during OJT. The option to work remotely can benefit apprentices with disabilities who may need or prefer to work from home to do their jobs successfully.