National Apprenticeship Week

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National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration to showcase the opportunities that Registered Apprenticeships offer for Americans to develop workplace experience and skills that employers value. In honor of the 9th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act, the U.S. Department of Labor is hosting National Apprenticeship Week (NAW)! This year’s NAW will take place November 13-19, 2023, at hundreds of events across the country.

During National Apprenticeship Week, the U.S. Department of Labor will highlight key themes:

  • Monday, November 13: Registered Apprenticeship for Youth
  • Tuesday, November 14: Registered Apprenticeship in New and Emerging Industries
  • Wednesday, November 15: Expanding Registered Apprenticeship to Underserved Populations
  • Thursday, November 16: Women in Registered Apprenticeship
  • Friday, November 17: Registered Apprenticeship for Veterans and Federal Employees

Josh Christianson“I truly believe apprenticeship is the way to go and being inclusive is the way to create a pool of diverse, skilled talent. Inclusive apprenticeships can also create career paths for people with disabilities who have traditionally been excluded from the workforce.”

– Josh Christianson, Project Director, Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship

There are significant benefits to designing programs that are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible to all, including:

Employers who offer an apprenticeship program experience a positive return on investment by increasing the productivity of their workers and enhancing the long-term value of their companies. A U.S. Department of Labor study of American Apprenticeship Initiative grantees found that the median return on investment was $144 for every $100 invested.

Apprenticeship graduates are absent 95% less than compared to non-apprentices, and several studies indicate that people with disabilities are absent far less than their counterparts who do not identify as having a disability.

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Apprentices from diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities, will inherently bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the workplace. Companies with above average diversity produced 19% more revenue from innovation than companies with below average diversity.

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Many employers fear that disability accommodations are expensive, but 95% are either free or under $500 to implement. In fact, 56% cost absolutely nothing.

In support of NAW, we at PIA are sharing key resources aligned to each of these themes to advance understanding about the value of inclusive apprenticeships and how they can create pathways to lifelong careers in growing industries for underserved populations, including people with disabilities. The resources below also include information to help employers and their apprenticeship partners create and expand more inclusive apprenticeship opportunities.

Resources:

Visit PIA’s Resource Library to find resources for employers, apprenticeship intermediaries, and current and prospective apprentices. Featured resources include:

microphone and headphonesCheck out the Apprenticeship for All Podcast where guests discuss how inclusive apprenticeship programs are increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Veteran Tony Granillo’s Apprenticeship Story

Tony GranilloBefore beginning his apprenticeship journey, Tony Granillo, who identifies as a person with a disability, served in the Army for 14 years until he suffered multiple traumatic brain injuries and was forced to retire. Not sure what to do next, Tony used his GI benefits to enroll in college, earning a degree in Business Management. Armed with a diploma, he landed a full-time job, where he worked for three years, but the role didn’t align with what he envisioned for his long-term career path.

Learn more about Tony’s story