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Why is this dialogue taking place?

The goal of the Inclusive Apprenticeships: Diversity, Equity and Accessibility National Online Dialogue is to assist the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in gathering ideas from stakeholders on how to best advance inclusive apprenticeship. DOL is seeking ideas for policies, practices, strategies and approaches that will further the reach and availability of inclusive apprenticeships and help address any barriers to their success.

Why participate?

This dialogue is an opportunity to assist the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in its understanding of what obstacles exist in the pursuit of inclusive apprenticeships and needs programs face and how to best support them in order to ensure better employment outcomes for participants. The dialogue will help formulate future department programs and funding opportunities in order to create and improve resources for inclusive apprenticeship and support access by career seekers from diverse backgrounds. In addition, the information DOL gathers through this process will help shape the understanding of several key agencies within the department and help better inform those agencies as they advise leadership on efforts to foster inclusive apprenticeships and support career paths for all job seekers.

Who should participate?

The ePolicyWorks' online dialogues are open to anyone interested in joining the conversation. For the Inclusive Apprenticeships: Diversity, Equity and Accessibility National Online Dialogue, we strongly encourage the participation of stakeholders from both the private and public sector that are involved in efforts to expand inclusive apprenticeships and access for career seekers. This includes employers, intermediary organizations, schools, job seekers and apprentices from diverse backgrounds, policymakers and providers of services. Any organizations and stakeholders with information about barriers, best practices or successes around inclusive apprenticeships should also participate in this online dialogue and share their thoughts and ideas, as well as comment and vote on existing ideas.