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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This Month the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) Celebrates...

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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People across all different backgrounds, races, gender, and abilities are pursuing career paths that start with apprenticeship. Recognizing that diversity is a cornerstone of apprenticeship, OA is proud to celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in apprenticeship.

How Apprenticeship Promotes Diversity

Apprenticeship is a workforce solution that actively promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace - including race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. You can download factsheets to learn more about the ways that the Department of Labor is supporting different aspects of diversity in apprenticeship to create more inclusive and equitable workplaces.

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Women in Apprenticeship

Discover more about the ways the Department of Labor and Women's Bureau are championing women in apprenticeship.

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Expanding Access

Learn more about how apprenticeship is supporting women of color in non-traditional occupations. 

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People with Disabilities in Apprenticeship

Learn more about the ways that the Department of Labor is supporting people with disabilities in apprenticeship.

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Apply for an Equity Grant or Contract

The U.S. Department of Labor is currently accepting applications for our State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity and Innovation (SAEEI) Grant Program. The purpose of the SAEEI grant program is to support the development of new, or the expansion of existing, Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs). This also includes quality pre-apprenticeship programs that directly lead to grant-funded RAPs during the grant period of performance.

To learn more about the SAEEI Grant Program and others, visit our Open Funding Opportunities information page.

How You Can Benefit From Diversity and Inclusion in Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a powerful tool for growing the American economy and training its workforce. As the U.S. expands apprenticeship training nationally, a diverse workplace helps businesses access all our nation's talent.

In 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor released updated Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations for Registered Apprenticeship Programs to help businesses reach a larger and more diverse pool of workers. When all workers, 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.

You can see how organizations like the Philadelphia School District and Newport News Shipbuilding are using apprenticeship to attract and build talent. This includes people with and without disabilities, women, and people of color.

A Success Story: Creating an Inclusive Workforce

FASTPORT—an industry intermediary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship—is sponsoring and coordinating a pilot program to provide American Sign Language (ASL) training to commercial truck driving instructors. 

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Case Studies

Because EEO is a cornerstone of Registered Apprenticeship, the U.S. Department of Labor encourages employers and sponsors to consider the role of diversity and inclusion in your business or organization. Learn about diversity in apprenticeship through research and real-life examples that demonstrate how apprenticeship programs embody these values and practices, and are creating more inclusive workplaces. 

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Three organizations formed their own network and programs for tradeswomen.

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Community colleges employ strategies to attract and retain female workers in non-traditional fields.

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Seeking to include those with employment barriers, including English language learners.

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Have Questions?

Learn more about EEO quality standards in apprenticeship programs and contact your local Apprenticeship Consultant using our Apprenticeship Partner Finder.