The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship has conducted several live webinars on apprenticeship Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). These training sessions are a component of the department’s technical assistance strategy to support apprenticeship sponsors in meeting the apprenticeship EEO regulations, which were updated in 2016.
With a focus on sponsor requirements under the EEO regulations, these presentations are available to be viewed at any time – to enhance your knowledge or as a refresher on specific tools and resources. Simply click on the link for any webinar you wish to view. Please refer back to this page periodically, as additional webinars will be added after their initial presentation date.
March 16, 2021
This webinar features a dialogue with leaders who have successfully increased the diversity of their workforces through apprenticeship. Business and labor leaders from healthcare, construction, and information technology share their strategies for creating more inclusive apprenticeship programs, using approaches such as expanded outreach, non-discriminatory selection procedures, and apprentice supports.
October 27, 2020
This webinar, held during National Disability Awareness Month, features subject matter experts who discuss successful approaches for designing and administering apprenticeship programs that are welcoming for individuals with disabilities. Lessons learned from the Apprenticeship Inclusion Models (AIM) initiative are discussed.
May 1, 2019
This webinar offers information on the value of apprentices and applicants for apprenticeship voluntarily indicating if they have a disability, and how sponsors can overcome concerns apprentices may have about furnishing this information. Guest presenters include experts from the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion.
Apprenticeship EEO Regulations: Implementation of Disability Self-Identification and Affirmative Action Programs
January 15, 2019
View this webinar to learn more about the disability self-identification process for apprentices and applicants for apprenticeship. The voluntary disability self-identification process is one of the provisions of the apprenticeship equal employment opportunity regulations that phased-in on January 18, 2019. Using a structured question and answer format, the webinar presenters also describe the online resources available to assist sponsors with this process.
September 14, 2018
Effective January 18, 2019, most Registered Apprenticeship sponsors with five or more apprentices are required to implement an affirmative action program, including a written affirmative action plan. This webinar focuses on several components of affirmative action plans, including setting an aspirational goal that 7% of a sponsor’s apprenticeship workforce consist of qualified individuals with disabilities; engaging in targeted outreach and recruitment; and conducting an annual review of personnel practices to ensure the program is free from discrimination.
August 9, 2018
A key element of Registered Apprenticeship sponsors' affirmative action programs is the analysis of the apprenticeship program's workforce demographics relative to the demographics of the available workforce in the program's recruitment area. These concepts are explained in depth and an online tool to simplify the analysis is also introduced in this webinar.
July 10, 2018
There are specific steps all Registered Apprenticeship sponsors must take to ensure their outreach and recruitment efforts reach all available, qualified candidates. In this webinar, sponsors discuss their successful efforts to diversify their apprenticeship programs, and the Office of Apprenticeship introduces a new online tool to simplify the universal outreach and recruitment process.
June 21, 2018
This webinar provides information on when and how to invite current apprentices and apprenticeship applicants to self-identify as having a disability. The invitation process is quite simple and must be implemented by Registered Apprenticeship sponsors with five or more apprentices by January 18, 2019. The webinar describes the experience of federal contractors, for whom the process has been in place for four years.
November 2, 2017
This webinar focuses on how sponsors can promote a workplace that is free from discrimination. The major areas addressed include: an overview of protected characteristics; a general understanding of actions that may be discriminatory; the types of evidence that may show discrimination; and the types of evidence that show discrimination did not occur.
August 14, 2017
Watch this webinar for an outline of apprenticeship sponsors' key EEO responsibilities that went into effect on July 17, 2017. The webinar addresses assigning EEO responsibility within the organization; disseminating equal employment opportunity policy; engaging in inclusive outreach when recruiting new apprentices; and maintaining an environment free from harassment, including providing anti-harassment training.
April 18, 2017
This webinar provides stakeholders with an overview of the updated EEO regulations and the timeline for implementation, with an emphasis on the steps State Apprenticeship Agencies will need to take to come into compliance.
January 12, 2017
View this webinar for an overview of the provisions in the updated apprenticeship EEO regulations, a sponsor-focused discussion on the value of a diverse workforce, and the Office of Apprenticeship's technical assistance plan and resources to help Registered Apprenticeship sponsors meet the regulations.