Connecting Women with Apprenticeship Opportunities and Nontraditional Occupations

Dear [firstname],

One of the main issues I hear from Ohio’s business owners is their need for more skilled workers. One of my driving passions has always been workforce development, and that’s why I’m proud to be the Ranking Member of the Innovation and Workforce Development Subcommittee of the House Small Business Committee. I believe strongly that we need to target funding to support our workforce and businesses alike so Ohioans are better prepared to succeed in an ever-changing job market.

That’s why I’m excited to highlight an opportunity for community-based organizations to access funds through the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (“WANTO”) Technical Assistance Grant Program. DOL is awarding $4.1 million in grants to community organizations to recruit, mentor, train and retain more women in quality apprenticeship programs, and to help those women pursue successful careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, healthcare and other industries.

According to the Department of Labor, the WANTO grant program will award $4.1 million to up to 11 community-based organizations to encourage women’s employment in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations. The deadline to apply is August 3, 2020. To be eligible, applicants must provide one or more of the following types of technical assistance:
  • 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
  • Setting up support groups, facilitating networks and/or providing supportive services for women to improve their retention.

For information about the program, see the Department’s Frequently Asked Questions. See the full news release for more information about this announcement.

Troy Balderson
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