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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

April Recognitions

This April, the Office of Apprenticeship is proud to recognize and celebrate Second Chance Month.

Second Chance Month

Recently, President Biden initiated a nationwide support effort to provide a clean slate that can help people move beyond the collateral penalties of a criminal conviction. Under the Second Chance Act, individuals are able to have a chance to diminish backsliding into previous acts of deviance. The Second Chance Act permits federal grants for reentry services that include employment and housing assistance, substance use treatment, family programming, and mentoring. These services are designed to ease individuals’ transition from detention or treatment back into their communities.

Check out Career Seekers with Barriers to Employment for more information.

Apprenticeship Gives Returning Citizen A Second Chance

In this video, Jason Williams, a returning citizen and apprenticeship graduate shares what apprenticeship means to him. 


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Technical Assistance

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility RA TA Center – Jobs for the Future (JFF) - This Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Center provides strategies and customized support to employers, education providers, intermediaries, and government entities to drive diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in Registered Apprenticeships.

Women's Bureau Resource

The Fast-Growing Number of Black Women Apprentices (Women's Bureau Blog)- Apprenticeship creates a promising pathway to skilled jobs for women, especially women of color, that combines on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction using an “earn and learn” model.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Insights Report for 2023-2024

The WTIA Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Center of Excellence is excited to present our comprehensive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Insights Report for 2023-2024.

Why is this report relevant to you? Advancing DEI in the current sociopolitical and economic climate poses greater obstacles for practitioners and leaders who are committed to improving workplace experiences for diverse workers. Now more than ever, creating meaningful change in technology workplaces requires actionable strategies that are rooted in data and knowledge about what organizations need to continue progress toward achieving their DEI aspirations. 

The latest report offers a detailed overview of DEI practices across various tech entities, including companies, educational institutions, nonprofits, and social enterprises. The findings were derived from a meticulous research process, where we maintained strict confidentiality for all participants throughout data gathering and analysis.

Key Highlights 

  • Organizations face difficulties in attracting and retaining diverse talent, often resulting from deep-rooted systemic and structural racism.
  • External factors, such as the Great Resignation and the exodus of BIPOC talent due to microaggressions, play a role in shaping organizational culture.
  • The silver lining: Despite obstacles, the commitment to DEI remains robust. Executive leaders are progressively viewing equity and inclusion leadership as integral to change management.

To access the full report, click here.

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.

Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Informational Video | Apprenticeship Works!

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.

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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.