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Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Employment Opportunity in Registered Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeship is a powerful tool for growing the American economy and training its workforce and is a proven method to help employers build diversity and inclusion in their workplaces. The U.S. Department of Labor has in place an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulation for Registered Apprenticeship Programs to help businesses reach a larger and more diverse pool of workers. When all qualified individuals, including women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities, have the opportunity to become apprentices, we tap into our nation’s full potential and open new career pathways for American workers.

This website provides comprehensive information, tools, and resources for apprentices and Registered Apprenticeship sponsors about the apprenticeship EEO regulation and promoting diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship.

Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsors

Are You a Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsor?

Sponsors of Registered Apprenticeship Programs can learn more about resources to help them create diverse and inclusive programs and their responsibilities under the EEO regulations.

Apprentices or Applicant

Are You an Apprentice or Applicant for Apprenticeship?

Apprentices and applicants to Registered Apprenticeship Programs can learn more about their protections and rights to Equal Employment Opportunity in apprenticeship and how they can file an EEO complaint.

Recruiting Under-Represented Populations

Universal Outreach Tool Tutorial
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A valuable resource for apprenticeship program sponsors, the Universal Outreach Tool provides an online mechanism for finding diverse candidates for apprenticeship. This tool can help sponsors comply with the universal outreach and recruitment requirements of the apprenticeship EEO regulations. These requirements, which apply to all sponsors, include developing, and annually updating, a list of recruitment sources that will generate referrals from all demographic groups within their recruitment area; identifying contacts at each of these sources; and providing these sources with advance notice of all apprenticeship openings.

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You can find answers in our list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Browse through the FAQs listed by EEO categories.

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