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Citation:  Mitchell, D., Cully, J., Hoff, D. (0). Inclusive apprenticeships: Advancing employment equity for jobseekers with disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 58 (3), 257-262.
Title:  Inclusive apprenticeships: Advancing employment equity for jobseekers with disabilities
Authors:  Mitchell, D., Cully, J., Hoff, D.
Year:  0
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Apprenticeships present an underutilized opportunity for people with disabilities to access in-demand jobs that provide stable employment at good wages, while meeting the needs of business for a skilled workforce. Numerous efforts are underway to increase the diversity of apprenticeships that are inclusive of people with disabilities. However, expanding the participation of people with disabilities in apprenticeship programs requires a long-term commitment to enhanced partnerships between public vocational rehabilitation (VR) and other disability programs, and state apprenticeship offices, as well as apprenticeship programs.
Purpose:  This paper explores the VR system’s role in partnership-building that includes mutual education and learning, and systematically addressing the full range of barriers that exist in order for people with disabilities to more readily access apprenticeship opportunities. This includes creating apprenticeship models that are flexible and can readily support and accommodate those with more significant disabilities.
Data collection and analysis:  To increase the number of individuals with disabilities in apprenticeship programs, VR agencies have expanded efforts regarding apprenticeship programs as a viable employment strategy. This includes advocating for and helping inform the changes needed to make apprenticeship programs fully inclusive, equitable, and accessible.
Findings:  While apprenticeships have tremendous potential for improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities, there are numerous challenges to accessing apprenticeships at individual, programmatic, and systemic levels.
Conclusions:  Building more inclusive apprenticeships for people with disabilities requires a long-term systematic approach that includes building strong partnerships between the disability and apprenticeship communities, mutual learning and education, testing out various models and approaches, and addressing the fundamental barriers that currently exist.

Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Full-time employment