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On September 9, 2021 Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon announced the 2021 WANTO recipients at an event in Philadelphia.


The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries.

In 2021, the WANTO grant program awarded $3,349,936 to the following five community-based organizations to increase women's employment in apprenticeship programs and nontraditional occupations:

Organizations receiving funds will provide one or more of the following types of technical assistance:

  • Develop pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for those careers;
  • Provide ongoing orientations for employers, unions and workers on creating a successful environment for women to succeed in those careers; and
  • Set up support groups, facilitate networks or provide support services for women to improve their retention.

Read the news release, frequently asked questions and funding opportunity announcement, which outlines the 2021 program priorities and evaluation factors.
 

N’Tasha Hunt

N’Tasha Hunt

"Pre-apprenticeship is a good stepping stone... You can excel if you put in the effort."
Pre-Apprenticeship Graduate, Iron Workers Local 549

Hannah Hogg

Hannah Hogg

"The confidence I've gained in myself has been invaluable."
IBEW Local 532

Josie Johnson

Josie Johnson

"Pre-apprenticeship prepares women for work in what is still a dominantly male work field."
Step Up for Women Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Graduate

Sierra Smith

Sierra Smith

"If I can encourage one woman to consider working in the trades, I'm happy."
IBEW Local 768

Past Recipients

In 2020, the WANTO grant program awarded $4,100,000 to the following six community-based organizations:

Read the news releasefrequently asked questions and funding opportunity announcement, which outlines the 2020 program priorities and evaluation factors.


In 2019, the WANTO grant program awarded $1,492,515 to the following three community-based organizations:

Read the press release and the funding opportunity announcement, which outlines the 2019 program priorities and evaluation factors.


In 2018, the WANTO grant program awarded $1,403,190 to the following four community-based organizations:

The WANTO grant program is administered by the Department’s Women's Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration.