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December 17th, 2014 by

By Paul Plasencia, 

We are excited to announce that the 2015 Workforce Recruitment Program database is now available on the WRP website at www.wrp.gov!

Starting today you may have access to over 1800 college students and recent graduates with disabilities, from over 300 campuses nationwide, who are seeking summer or permanent employment in federal agencies and private companies worldwide. Every candidate is Schedule A eligible and ready to work for you.

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December 13th, 2014 by

Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that $100 million in grants are available to expand registered apprenticeship programs in high-skilled, high-growth industries like healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced manufacturing. Registered Apprenticeships have long been known as one of the best training models for skilled trades (“earn while you learn”), yet the model remains underutilized in the United States. This unprecedented investment will help to transform apprenticeships for the 21st century and serves as a catalyst to increase the use of apprenticeship to meet employer needs in these sectors.

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December 10th, 2014 by

By Molly Bernhart Walker,

More people with disabilities were federal employees in 2013 than any time in the past 33 years, both in real and percentage terms, says the Office of Personnel Management.

At the close of fiscal 2013, federal employees with disabilities totaled 234,395 – an increase of 14,420 employees from the previous year. That increase brought federal disabled population to 12.80 percent of the total federal workforce, found a November report (pdf) from OPM.

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November 26th, 2014 by

by Heidi Shierholz and Kathy Martinez,

October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual observation that recognizes the significant contributions people with disabilities make to our workforce.

It also gives us a chance to think about how we can continue to build an economy that gives everyone a fair shot. As President Obama stated in his NDEAM proclamation, “Americans with disabilities lead thriving businesses, teach our children, and serve our Nation.” There is however, more work to do to create opportunities for Americans with disabilities to fully participate in today’s economy.

The Department of Labor plays a key role in helping people with disabilities find jobs. For instance, last September, we released a final rule to encourage federal contractors and subcontractors to hire qualified workers with disabilities. The department also is implementing the recently passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which places significant new responsibilities on several Cabinet-level agencies, particularly the Departments of Labor and Education, to help job seekers and workers with disabilities connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them.

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