Developing the talents, skills and capabilities of the workforce has always played an important part in our nation's economic strength. The 21st century economic landscape is rapidly changing as technology and globalization alter the nature of work and the skills and training needed by workers to remain competitive. Ninety percent of the fastest growing jobs in the United States today require post-secondary education. This trend, coupled with the rapidly growing rate of baby boomer retirements, heightens the importance of preparing youth for the skills employers need.
Improving Transition Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities by Increasing Access to Apprenticeship Opportunities, is geared to policymakers. This paper provides an overview of the Registered Apprenticeship system in the United States, explores current trends in apprenticeship, and examines opportunities for youth, including those with disabilities. In addition, it identifies obstacles to expanding participation of youth with disabilities in apprenticeship programs and provides strategies for addressing these obstacles.
Youth with Disabilities Entering the Workplace Through Apprenticeship, is a toolkit intended to provide service providers with useful information about apprenticeship as an employment strategy for youth and young adults with disabilities.