By Theresa Minton-Eversole
The U.S. Department of Labor has made available to employers nationwide a free database of approximately 1,800 job candidates with disabilities seeking work in a wide variety of fields.
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities, co-sponsored by the Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, compiled the database by sending recruiters to nearly 200 college campuses across the country to interview eligible undergraduate and post-graduate students. Many of the students are seeking summer job opportunities, while others have graduated and are looking for permanent employment.
In using the database, an employer sets the criteria for each candidate search by specifying location, college/university, degree program, position type and length of appointment. Job seekers represent many high-demand fields of study, including accounting, administration, business, communications, computers, criminal justice, education, engineering, human resources/equal employment opportunity, health care, law, the social sciences and the sciences.
“Finding and retaining qualified workers is vital to all employers,” said Karen M. Czarnecki, acting assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “The Workforce Recruitment Program serves as a pipeline for organizations to hire workers in summer jobs, train and evaluate them, and then transition them into permanent positions when they graduate from college.”
Hiring officials at federal agencies can access the Workforce Recruitment Program database and conduct independent searches on the Internet by obtaining a password at https://wrp.gov/. Employers in the private sector, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations should contact the Labor Department's Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network at (866) 327-6669 to access the database.
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