Apprenticeships are some of the oldest job training programs. They have been used throughout the centuries to educate new job-seekers the skills of a trade. These one to six-year programs provide apprentices with work-based training, classroom instruction, and mentorship at competitive wages with a career path that includes paid on-the-job training, skill development, and mentorship (“Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion,” 2018). Traditionally, many apprenticeships focused on the trades of construction and manufacturing; however, now apprenticeships have spread into the fields of healthcare, information technology, transportation, and energy production (“Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion,” 2018).
President Trump signed the Expanding Apprenticeships in America Executive Order on June 15, 2017, expanding apprenticeships throughout the country (“Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion,” 2018). In 2018, there were over 585,000 apprentices and over 23,400 registered apprenticeship programs nationwide (“Registered Apprenticeship National Results Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (10/01/2016 to 9/30/2017),” 2018).
Apprenticeships can be a fantastic alternative to college or to pursuing employment directly after high school for people with disabilities. For these individuals, post-secondary education may not be a good option, but without additional education and training, their ability to obtain a successful career is also limited. Apprenticeships allow them to pursue specialized training with a designated path to a good job (“Registered Apprenticeship Programs: Improving The Pipeline For People With Disabilities,” 2015; “Improving Transition Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities by Increasing Access to Apprenticeship Opportunities,” 2008).
The resources below provide information about available programs, establishing new apprenticeships, benefits for apprentices, and ways to find programs in your area.
State Apprenticeship Agencies
This page provides links to State Apprenticeship Agencies.
Find the Apprenticeship That’s Right for You
ApprenticeshipUSA was created to support a variety of apprenticeship programs through helping individual programs expand and build partnerships.
15 Fast Facts about the Swiss Apprenticeship Program
This article discusses apprenticeship programs are sponsored by the Swiss government and the memorandum of understanding signed with the US Department of Education, labor and commerce.
Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative
The Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative was designed by IEL to cite systemic barriers that prevent young adults from pursuing employment.
Youth Apprenticeship: A Hopeful Approach for Improving Outcomes for Baltimore Youth
This paper discusses documented and success that apprenticeships have on improving school and career outcomes for Baltimore youth.
CareerOneStop’s Video Collection
The CareerOneStop’s video collection provides information on a variety of careers, industries, skills and abilities.
Planning for Youth Apprenticeship: A CALENDAR for Participants Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship
This student-based timeline provides information on career development and work-based learning opportunities from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Apprenticeship Program Development
This website provides employers with models of apprenticeships, the benefits of developing apprenticeships, and information on posting apprenticeship opportunities online.
#ApprenticeshipWorks for Tech: 6 Reasons to Engage in an Apprenticeship Program
This article explores the important role of apprenticeships in the technology industry and how these programs can alert employers in finding new talent pools.
Action Planning Guide: Ten Steps to Success
This guide outlines the steps in creating a youth apprenticeship program.
Action Planning Guide: Ten Steps to Success
This toolkit provides information on creating apprenticeship programs, based on the After School Apprenticeship Program (ASAP), which connects students to career experts and builds job skills for college and careers.
Inclusive Apprenticeships Information
Need Tech Talent? Think Apprenticeships Think Apprenticeships explorers efforts to expand apprenticeship programs in the technology industries, with a focus on connecting technology industries and inclusive apprenticeships for individuals with disabilities.
Apprenticeship Works Video Series This video series shows individuals with and without disabilities in a variety of apprenticeship opportunities.
Apprenticeship Works for Inclusion: A Guide to Helping People with Disabilities Explore Inclusive Career Paths This Guide introduces educators/service providers to the benefits and opportunities of inclusive apprenticeships
Apprenticeship Works for Business: A Guide to Building Inclusive Workplaces This Guides introduce businesses to the benefits and opportunities of inclusive apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Works for You: A Guide for Individuals Exploring Inclusive Career Paths This Guide introduce youth to the benefits and opportunities of inclusive apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Toolkit: Youth with Disabilities Entering the Workplace through Apprenticeship This toolkit provides information on registered apprenticeship and how they can support employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
“Improving Transition Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities by Increasing Access to Apprenticeship Opportunities. (December 2008). http://www.ncwd-youth.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ApprenticeshipIssuePaper.pdf.
This article discusses trends in apprenticeships and opportunities for youth with disabilities.
“Presidential Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America. (June 15, 2017). https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/3245.
This Executive Order from Pres. Trump establishing the importance and focus on developing apprenticeships.
“Registered Apprenticeship National Results Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (Sept 30, 2018). https://www.doleta.gov/OA/data_statistics.cfm.
This webpage provides data and statistics on apprenticeships in the United States.
“Registered Apprenticeship Programs: Improving The Pipeline For People With Disabilities. (July 31, 2015). https://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/apprenticeshipreport.pdf.
This report discusses Registered Apprenticeship (RA) as careers planning strategies, demonstrate the need for additional career and technical education, and identified job growth industries with RA programs, and addresses the impact on employment of people with disabilities.
“Task Force On Apprenticeship Expansion. (May 10, 2018). https://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/docs/task-force-apprenticeship-expansion-report.pdf.
This report, mandated by the executive order on apprenticeships, explorers new strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships.