Hello from the PIA team!
We’re reaching out to share exciting news! We’re officially announcing the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA). We’d like to update you on our plans to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce in the modern digital economy through apprenticeship!
Our team at PIA, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, will work with employers and apprenticeship intermediaries to enhance and expand inclusive apprenticeship programs. We will drive efforts to enable job seekers with disabilities to attain credentials, hone talents, and gain skills to succeed in growing industries through inclusive apprenticeships.
Read on to learn more about PIA and how we can support you in your efforts to create, sustain, and innovate inclusive apprenticeship programs. Please help us expand our reach by sharing this newsletter with your network and partners.
Check out our new website!
Are you an employer or an apprenticeship intermediary organization? Check out our new website, www.InclusiveApprenticeship.org, for information and resources on creating and cultivating inclusive programs.
Apprenticeship for All Podcast
What should employers and HR leaders know about the benefits of investing in inclusive apprenticeship programs? Listen to the first two episodes of our Apprenticeship for All Podcast series with leading HR blog Workology.com to find out!
- In episode one, Why hiring apprentices with disabilities improves companies’ bottom line, we speak with Vinz Koller, Senior Strategist for Capacity Building at Social Policy Research Associates (SPR); he outlines the diversity, financial, and productivity benefits of hiring apprentices with disabilities.
- In episode two, Creating a Diverse Workforce through Apprenticeship, we speak with Sassy Outwater-Wright, executive director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI); she discusses the importance of hiring more people with disabilities in the tech sector, to ensure digital accessibility is baked into every product.
- In episode three, How Apprenticeships Support Diversity & Inclusion in the Tech Workplace, we speak with Jennifer Carlson, Executive Director of WTIA Workforce Institute; she discusses the immense workforce talent gaps and how inclusive apprenticeship can bridge this gap.
Designing Inclusive Apprenticeships: A Guide for Recruiting & Training Apprentices with Disabilities
Are you an employer or intermediary with an existing apprenticeship program that you’d like to make more inclusive? Are you interested in starting a new apprenticeship program that supports access for people with disabilities to fuel diverse talent pipelines? View our new resource, Designing Inclusive Apprenticeships: A Guide for Recruiting & Training Apprentices with Disabilities, which offers tips and resources for how to launch and sustain an inclusive apprenticeship program.