Equal Employment Opportunity
Outreach & Recruitment Resources
By expanding efforts to recruit diverse candidates, sponsors of apprenticeship programs can ensure that they are accessing all available talent – and that qualified individuals from groups underrepresented in apprenticeship programs, such as persons of color, individuals with disabilities, women, and others, have equal opportunities to become apprentices. The apprenticeship Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations provide guidance to sponsors on developing outreach and recruitment practices that are inclusive and promote diversity.
Apprenticeship EEO Regulations on Outreach and Recruitment
The apprenticeship EEO regulations require Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors to ensure that their outreach to, and recruitment of, apprentices extend to all persons available for apprenticeship within their relevant recruitment area without regard to race, sex, ethnicity, or disability.
Specifically, Registered Apprenticeship sponsors are required to:
- Develop, and update annually, a list of recruitment sources that will generate referrals from all demographic groups within the relevant recruitment area.
- Confirm a contact person, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each recruitment source.
- Provide recruitment sources with advance notice (preferably 30 days before the application deadline) of apprenticeship openings, to give them time to identify and refer candidates.
The apprenticeship EEO regulations apply to apprenticeship sponsors that are registered with the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA) and to apprenticeship sponsors that are registered with State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAAs) that have enacted OA-approved language adopting the updated EEO regulations.
Resources to Help Sponsors Recruit Diverse Candidates
The Universal Outreach Tool is a resource to help sponsors find diverse candidates for their apprenticeship programs. The tool includes non-profit, state, local, and community organizations across the country that can help sponsors publicize apprenticeship openings and refer potential candidates. Sponsors can also use the tool to identify organizations to include on their list of recruitment sources, as required by the EEO regulations.
Apprenticeship program sponsors should reach out to their local public workforce centers, known as American Job Centers or One-Stop Centers. These offices are located in communities throughout the country and part of their mission is to identify and screen qualified job candidates for employers, free of charge. Find your local American Job Center at the American Job Center site list.
When Sponsors Have Openings for Apprentices
When apprenticeship programs have openings for apprentices, sponsors should reach out to the recruitment sources on their list to provide them advance notice – preferably 30 days before the application deadline – so that the sources can notify and refer candidates. Sponsors should provide the recruitment sources with the following information:
- Availability of specific apprenticeship opportunities
- Requirements for apprentice selection
- Application procedures
In addition, the apprenticeship opportunity announcements that sponsors send must include the Equal Opportunity Pledge, as follows:
[Name of sponsor] will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. [Name of sponsor] will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.