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Abstract Details for Step-by-Step Apprenticeship Implementation Guide

The mission of the public vocational rehabilitation (VR) services program is to empower people with disabilities to achieve employment and economic self-sufficiency. Pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship are two established work-based learning (WBL) models that can help people with disabilities enhance their skills and secure full-time, paid employment with established career ladders. Strengthening apprenticeship-focused partnerships between VR and the public workforce system, businesses, and higher education institutions can increase the number of people with disabilities who will enter or return to the workforce, and can ultimately lead to increased numbers of individuals with disabilities who meet the demand for rapidly expanding career fields. State VR agencies can participate in pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs in a number of ways, such as recruiting VR customers, supporting the costs of training, and providing VR customers with access to critical supportive services. There are already many pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs across the country, and state VR agencies are encouraged to explore opportunities to participate in these existing programs. When existing options are limited, state VR agencies can also work with partners to begin planning programs in specific areas. The Step-by-Step Apprenticeship Implementation guide outlines key steps for VR programs to consider for participating in pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs