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To grow and to thrive in today’s economy, employers in all industries need a highly skilled workforce. Now, more and more are discovering a proven strategy for building one: apprenticeship.

Combining classroom instruction with on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs help bridge skills gaps and bring new and more diverse talent into the workplace, including people with disabilities and those with diverse backgrounds and education experiences. The result is a pipeline of primed and ready workers for years to come.

What’s more, apprenticeship is a strategy for preparing workers in not only traditional trades, such as construction, but also high-growth industries, such as health care, information technology, transportation, energy and many others.

Learn more about inclusive apprenticeship programs on the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship's (PIA) website. PIA's website includes resources for employers and apprentices with disabilities, including information on becoming an apprentice and disclosing a disability and requesting accommodations.

Interested in learning more about how apprenticeships can help build a skilled, diverse workforce for your company or industry? Watch “#ApprenticeshipWorks,” a video produced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). This video features interviews with representatives from four organizations that manage or sponsor apprenticeships in a range of fields, including information technology, health care information management and shipbuilding.

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