Recently, the US Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $1.8 million in grant monies to promote the hiring, training, and retaining of women in high-skill, nontraditional occupations such as information technology, energy, manufacturing, construction, and transportation.
It is expected that four grants will be given to community development organizations to form Regional Multi-State Technical Assistance Resource Centers that will offer such services as developing and connecting with pre-apprenticeship programs to help women get ready for Registered Apprenticeship programs; briefing on crafting a prosperous setting for women in apprenticeship; and general support such as child care, transportation, and support groups and other endeavors that seek to remove obstacles to women flourishing in these trades.
The grants are available through a program called Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) program and are administered jointly by the US Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau and Office of Apprenticeship. Qualified applicants include community-based organizations adept at launching technical assistance resources for Registered Apprenticeship programs to help women move into nontraditional professions.
The closing date for solicitation of these grants is May 2. More information and how to apply can be found here by using the search term “WANTO."