Brief Clean Energy Apprenticeships and People with Disabilities
Opportunities for Apprenticeship Expansion
Bhavani Arabandi, Karen Gardiner, Shruti Nayak, Lauren Eyster, Jacqueline Rayfield
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This brief discusses the need and opportunities for building inclusive apprenticeship in the clean energy sector. The workforce needs of the clean energy sector in the United States are growing. To meet this sector’s labor force demands, employers and workforce development professionals are seeking new approaches to train workers quickly and effectively, including registered apprenticeship programs. With unemployment rates low across the country, recruitment can be challenging. People with disabilities represent a valuable and often overlooked talent pool. The U.S. Department of Labor, through the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship initiative, seeks to expand access to registered apprenticeships for people with disabilities in high-growth sectors, such as clean energy.

Research Areas Workforce Disability equity policy
Tags Disabilities and employment Job training Apprenticeships Workforce development Building America’s Workforce
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
Research Methods Data collection Qualitative data analysis
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