Understanding Affirmative Action Plans Training For Employees and Managers

Preparing employees and managers to support the AAP process

Understanding Affirmative Action Plans Training

Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs) are written documents required for contractors and their subcontractors who do business with the US federal government. Enforced by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, AAPs mandate that employers proactively identify and remove barriers that make it harder for underrepresented groups, such as women, racial and other minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans, from being recruited, hired and retained.


A common misconception is that AAPs are about hiring quotas — they are not. AAPs do not set hiring quotas or require employers to hire unqualified or less qualified workers. Generally, AAPs require employers to compare their workforce demographics to the pool of applicants available to them. The goal is to identify and reduce hurdles that may be causing people in certain groups of qualified applicants from being hired or succeeding at work.

Training employees and managers on the fundamentals of AAPs increases their awareness and understanding of how AAPs help employers access the largest pools of qualified candidates, and their role in supporting policies and practices that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Online Training: Understanding Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs)

This eLearning course provides a clear, concise overview of the purpose of Affirmative Action Plans. Interactive episodes cover different aspects of AAPs and address common questions in viewer email, tweets and challenges. The course is available in versions for employees (15 min) and managers (20-min). 

The course covers these topics and more:

  • What is an Affirmative Action Plan?
  • AAPs in Action — assessment, corrective action, audit & reporting
  • Managers’ Role — the manager’s version contains additional material on implementing AAPs and supporting inclusive management practices.

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