Employers must consider many costs and benefits when deciding whether to offer an apprenticeship program. Upfront costs may include apprentice wages, training and supplies, and the time investment from mentors. Benefits may include higher value work product from apprentices, reduced hiring costs, lower turnover and an increased pipeline of skilled workers. These benefits are most likely to appear when efforts are made to foster inclusion for people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups.
This resource provides tips to help employers calculate the potential value of inclusive apprenticeship, including funding opportunities. You will also find resources for creating an apprenticeship program in ways that foster inclusion for people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups.