People with disabilities often face barriers to employment, due to employer biases, attitudes about disability, perceived level of skill, employability skills, and misinformation. Paid work experiences, such as internships, pre-apprenticeships, and apprenticeships, are effective "earn to learn" models for training skilled workers, including those with disabilities.
The Institute for Community Inclusion, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, conducted case studies of formal and informal paid work experience to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. One example is the Arkansas Career Training Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
For more examples of what works, visit ExploreVR's new Job-Driven Toolkit on Paid Work Experiences to learn more about apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, internships, and other work-based learning experiences.