Building Skills, Expanding Opportunity
#ApprenticeshipWorks for Tech
Apprenticeship programs are on the rise due to employer demand and proven results. PEAT is working with partners to build bridges between high-growth industries and inclusive apprenticeship programs to help create career opportunities for people with disabilities.
Watch the video below to learn more about the benefits of building inclusive apprenticeship pathways for people with disabilities.
Why Inclusive Apprenticeship Programs?
Apprenticeship programs help employers train their future workforce and enable individuals to gain paid work experience and training. Inclusive apprenticeship programs go a step further, focusing on enabling people with disabilities to gain credentials and skills to succeed in growing industries.
Inclusive apprenticeship programs help employers build a diverse and inclusive workforce of trained professionals, and employers that invest in hiring persons with disabilities receive financial benefits.
Employers who champion disability inclusion earn 28% higher revenue according to report from Accenture, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and Disability:IN.
The Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA)
The Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA) helps design diverse and inclusive apprenticeship programs that are accessible to all, including people with disabilities. PIA works with employers and apprenticeship intermediary organizations (AIOs) to design inclusive apprenticeship programs in high-growth, high-demand fields. Learn more about PIA.
The tech industry, in particular, is primed for apprenticeship success. According to a 2020 report from CompTIA, tech occupations are expected to grow 15% by 2028, offering increased job opportunities. Broken down by industry, jobs in certain fields are expected to skyrocket:
- 37% rise in cybersecurity analyst and software and application developer positions;
- 31% in data and computer scientist positions;
- 30% rise in emerging tech and IT project management positions;
- 23% rise in CIOs, CTOs, and IT manager positions;
- 18% rise in IT support specialist positions.
Combining classroom instruction with on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs can help companies quickly bring new and more diverse talent into the workplace. The IT apprenticeship program Apprenti has found that 84% of their tech apprentice applicants come from untapped talent pools—including people with disabilities, veterans, women, and minorities. Read more about the benefits apprenticeship programs offer.