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Agreement helps those with disabilities and Vegas jobs

Monday, June 6th, 2016

A new agreement is helping workers with disabilities who have Vegas jobs, among other locations in the U.S.

To promote inclusive workplaces that embrace the skills and talents of workers with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy signed an alliance agreement with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

The association is a non-profit membership organization that brings together university-based interdisciplinary programs and community resources to achieve meaningful change for people with disabilities in all aspects of society, including the workplace.

“Expanding the availability of resources and information on fostering an inclusive workforce is critical to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities,” said ODEP’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy. “Our partnership with AUCD will play an integral role in improving support for jobseekers and workers with disabilities nationwide.”

Since the inception of ODEP’s alliance initiative in 2006, the agency has engaged organizations to collaborate in developing and implementing model policies and initiatives that increase the recruitment, hiring, retention and career advancement of employees with disabilities. The new alliance will provide AUCD members with information, technical assistance and access to ODEP resources that will help them create workplaces that fully use the talents of employees with disabilities.

“Collaborating with the U.S. Department of Labor will allow us to forge additional innovative strategies for recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting job candidates and employees with disabilities, throughout the country and within our network,” said AUCD Executive Director Andrew J. Imparato, JD. “This partnership is clearly in line with our mission to serve as a national leader on key issues that affect the disability community.”

In addition to AUCD, ODEP has alliances with the Society for Human Resource Management, U.S. Business Leadership Network, Higher Education Recruitment Consortium,Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and Families and Work Institute.

Grants to bolster Vegas jobs

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

A new round of grants will bolster apprenticeships for Vegas jobs, among other locations.

About $10.4 million in ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grants will be awarded to expand and expedite registered apprenticeship programs nationwide.

There is a bright future for apprenticeship in America,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez in announcing the grants during a visit to Milwaukee Area Technical College today. “The investments that we’re making today and in the weeks and months to come are about giving apprenticeship the greater stature it deserves, helping more employers get the talent they need and helping more workers punch their ticket to the middle class.”

In the coming weeks, the department will announce the availability of an additional $50 million in State Expansion Grants for those looking to expand their capacity to collaborate with employers and start new apprenticeship programs across diverse industries and communities.

These investments are part of a historic bipartisan Congressional effort to appropriate funds specifically for apprenticeship for the first time, and align with President Obama’s bold challenge to double and diversify the number of apprenticeships by 2019.

Apprenticeships are a proven path to high quality, secure middle-class jobs. In fact, 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs, with an average starting wage above $50,000 per year.

The return on investment for employers is substantial, as studies indicate that for every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers receive average of $1.47 return in increased productivity, reduced waste and greater front-line innovation.