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December 26, 2019

Missouri launches Registered Apprenticeship pilot program for individuals with disabilities

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development’s Office of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning launched a new Registered Apprenticeship pilot program in the hospitality sector for individuals with disabilities. Work Able Missouri, a collaboration with Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will help a unique population of Missourians enter a career pathway and a sector not commonly associated with Registered Apprenticeships.

“We are working to remove barriers and help more people enter the workforce,” said Director of Workforce Development, Mardy Leathers. “This pilot program is another opportunity to be inclusive in how we modernize and expand apprenticeships in Missouri.”

Apprentices in the pilot program will earn wages above minimum wage and will explore roles in facilities management or as culinary assistants. Two key employers, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and Branson Hilton Hotels, are participating in the pilot and plan to hire four to six apprentices. The program is currently seeking applicants through the end of January.

Applicants for Work Able Missouri must have an active case with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation and should contact Jennifer Kincaid via email at Jennifer.kincaid@vr.dese.mo.gov for more information.

Registered Apprenticeships are a highly flexible “earn while you learn” training model for employment that increases pay as the apprentice reaches higher productivity levels. In addition to rewarding performance, Registered Apprenticeships combine employer-driven job-related instruction with extensive on-the-job learning under the supervision of a trained professional. After completing a Registered Apprenticeship, the apprentice receives a nationally-recognized occupational credential.

For more information about Missouri Registered Apprenticeships, visit https://dhewd.mo.gov/apprenticeship_missouri.php.


About the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development: The department works to empower Missourians with the skills and education needed for success. More information about MDHEWD can be found at https://dhewd.mo.gov or on Facebook and Twitter @MoDHEWD.