Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

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View the factsheet to learn how DOL is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion.


Recognizing National Native American Heritage Month

Cristina RedBear

America is a vast land of many cultures dating back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of the land. History, heritage, or culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are part of every national park and communities across the country today. Every November during Native American Heritage Month and throughout the year, our government peers and partners share history and the continuing culture of America's indigenous peoples.

Learn how Cristina RedBear, a boilermaker apprentice, found community, fulfillment, and happiness in her apprenticeship.


How You Can Benefit From Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Apprenticeship

As the U.S. expands apprenticeship training nationally, a diverse workplace helps businesses access all our nation's talent. In this video, learn how organizations like the Philadelphia School District and Newport News Shipbuilding are using apprenticeship to attract and build talent, including people with and without disabilities, women, and people of color.

In 2016 the 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.

Inclusive apprenticeships are apprenticeship programs that are accessible to all and are designed to meet employers’ most critical hiring needs aligned with their diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) goals. The Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA) launched in 2020, which is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to help employers design programs that create a pool of qualified candidates with disabilities in growing industries including clean energy, IT, data science, healthcare, financial services, and more.

Explore our resources below and see additional tools from the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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 view resources below 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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Designing Inclusive Apprenticeships

Get tools to help ensure all aspects of your apprenticeship program are inclusive and accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.

Women in Apprenticeship

Women in Apprenticeship

Discover how the Department of Labor is supporting women so that they can secure good paying jobs through apprenticeship.

ODEP Resources

People with Disabilities in Apprenticeship

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

Case Studies

Because EEO is a cornerstone of Registered Apprenticeship, the 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.