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DOL Awarded Grants to Help American Women Enter Apprenticeships


Grants to increase recruiting, training and retention of women in nontraditional occupations

The Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants to help recruit, train, and retain American women in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs to pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity and other industries. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grants have been provided to the following organizations:

• Aroostook County (Maine) Action Program Inc. ($354,941)

• Chicago Women in Trades ($398,971)

• Community Services Agency Metropolitan Washington, DC, AFL-CIO ($297,432)

• Vermont Works for Women ($351,846)

The above organizations will provide the following technical assistance:

• Develop pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for family-sustaining careers;

• Provide ongoing orientations for job creators, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women to be successful; and

• Establish support groups and facilitate networks for women to improve their job retention.

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