What is the Workforce Recruitment Program?
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities, including disabled veterans.
Employers can select from a database pool of over 2,000 candidates from a wide variety of career fields from over 330 college and universities campuses from all 50 states with 104 majors and career disciplines. All candidates are pre-screened and interviewed by professional recruiters.
The WRP is a risk-free hiring solution that allows educated and skilled individuals with disabilities to prove their talents and abilities needed to serve the DLA mission.
Choose candidates with knowledge, skills, experience tailored for your organization. It’s designed to allow on the job training, management evaluation of individual performance with the possibility of direct conversion to a FTE. If the participant meets the expectations, he/she can be hired noncompetitively through Schedule A if a vacancy exists and they are qualified.
What can WRP do for You?
- 14-week work internship at no cost to DLA
- Bring new ideas and innovation to achieve your organization’s mission Increase productivity
- Help develop your leadership skills
- Solution for People and Culture plan to attract, develop and retain a diverse, skilled and agile workforce
- Fill gaps in your department with skills sets and experienced candidates
- Preview of performance before hiring for a vacant FTE permanent position
- Help give students or recent graduates meaningful work experience
How do I take part in the WRP?
If you believe there is an opening in your office for a WRP intern, here's what you should do:
- Reach out to the WRP Coordinator for Land and Maritime (Ephraim Ungar, 614-692-8030). Provide a Position Description (PD) or identify the major duties the intern will perform and the skills they would need. The WRP Coordinator will email you potential students meeting your criteria.
- Select a student or students from the list of potentials that you feel would be a good match for your office. Notify the WRP Coordinator. You may contact the student or students to determine their interest and discuss the position. Remember only informal offers can be made. If they accept, notify the WRP Coordinator. The WRP Coordinator will contact Human Resources (HR) and the student to begin the hiring process and HR will make a formal offer to the student and establish an onboard date.
WRP is co-sponsored by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO). It is a database of college students and recent graduates with disabilities looking for summer/temporary and permanent jobs. The WRP has helped provide employment for over 7,000 students and recent graduates with disabilities since 1995. For more information about the WRP visit the WRP site or send an email to WRP@DLA.MIL to request assistance.
ABC's of Schedule A provides in-depth guidance for Applicants with Disabilities, Human Resource Professionals, Hiring Managers, Disability Program Managers, and Service Providers engaging in the Schedule A process.
Office of Personal Management (OPM) provides information regarding Schedule A Hiring Authority and samples of schedule A letters.
Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) provides free assistive technology to WRP students and DLA employees with disabilities funded through the Department of Defense at no charge to DLA.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides all free information and advice on all types of job accommodations.