International Labour Organization, May 2018
Persons with disabilities face many challenges to entering the labour market, including negative preconceptions about their work capacities and lower educational achievements due to exclusionary training practices. Apprenticeships and workplace learning can effectively respond to many of the challenges by proving to employers the professional potential of disabled persons and improving their vocational skills. Further, apprenticeships that are inclusive of persons with disabilities enable employers to take on new talent and to tap into a pool of qualified job candidates with disabilities.
The first section of this brief gives an overview over the concept and role of disability-inclusive apprenticeships and workplace learning and the second section focuses on practical approaches to implement these schemes. The third section details policy recommendations for each of the principal stakeholders for creating a more enabling environment and is followed by further literature resources.