The U.S. Department of Labor announces The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant. The grant provides funding to recruit, train, and retain women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.
The goal is to encourage women to pursue male-dominated careers like manufacturing, infrastructure, and construction. WANTO is designed to help women enter apprenticeship programs and secure family-sustaining jobs.
Industries with Female Workers
In 2016, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that women accounted for more than half of all workers within several industry sectors:
- 75% work in education and health services,
- 52% work in financing, and
- 51% works in hospitality.
Industries Lacking Female Workers
In several industry sectors, women accounted for less than half of the workers:
- 29% work in manufacturing,
- 25% work in agriculture,
- 24% work in transportation and utilities,
- 13% work in mining,
- 9% work in construction, and
- less than 10% of women are enrolled in apprenticeship programs.
Community-based organizations that encourage women’s employment in underrepresented occupations and pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeship programs will have access to grant funding through the WANTO grant program. This program will award at least $994,000 to these organizations.
To qualify organizations must offer one or more of the following:
- Developing pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for those careers;
- Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women to succeed in those careers, and
- Setting up support groups and facilitating networks for women to improve their retention.
July 17, 2018