Policy Brief – Disability Inclusion in Registered Apprenticeship Programs 

January 2022

Authors: Nanette Goodman, Nick Canfield and Michael Morris
Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

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The Build Back Better Act (H.R 5376) includes $5 billion to create and expand apprenticeship programs. This historic investment comes on the heels of over $950 million of federal grants targeted for this purpose in the last five years and a growing commitment among federal agencies, state governments, local policy makers, and employers to expand apprenticeship opportunities.

Apprenticeships can bridge the gap between the skills of jobseekers and the demands of employers by combining on-the-job training, mentorship, and classroom instruction with a paycheck. During this time of growing income inequality and technological change, apprenticeships can address the needs of all stakeholders. For apprentices, apprenticeships are an entry point to a highly skilled job that pays well without a college degree. For employers, they can be a strategy to develop a pipeline of skilled employees. For policy makers, they can address the job training needs of marginalized groups who may otherwise be disconnected from the labor force and consequently address historic income inequality.

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Methods We analyze how COVID-19 health surveillance is creating an unprecedented amount of health data on all people. These data are increasingly collected and used by employers as part of COVID-19 regulatory interventions.

Results The increase in data, combined with the health and economic crisis, means algorithm-driven health inequalities will be experienced by a larger percentage of the population. Post-treatment cancer survivors, as for people with disabilities generally, are at greater risk of experiencing negative outcomes from algorithmic health discrimination.

Conclusions Updated and revised workplace policy and practice requirements, as well as collaboration across impacted groups, are critical in helping to control the inequalities that flow from the interaction between COVID-19, ADM, and the experience of cancer survivorship in the workplace.

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