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Abstract Details for Emerging Lessons for Inclusive Apprenticeship Programs: Managing Through the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) sponsored the Apprenticeship Inclusion Models (AIM) initiative. The initiative focused on building capacity for inclusive apprenticeship programs. It also focused on developing and disseminating resources and tools to make apprenticeship onboarding and recruitment, education and training, and workplace experiences and mentoring more inclusive, specifically for people with disabilities. In particular, the initiative sought to learn how inclusive practices from education, workplace, and work-based learning settings could be applied to apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. The AIM initiative used a universal accessibility lens in its work; thus, its activities were also designed to make apprenticeship programs more accessible for everyone. The initiative produced five briefs that provide information to support the scaling of inclusive apprenticeships and to inform and strengthen future national policy around inclusive apprenticeship, workforce development, and employment.