"Pre-apprenticeship is a good stepping stone… You can excel if you put in the effort."
Pre-Apprenticeship Graduate, Iron Workers Local 549
“The confidence I've gained in myself has been invaluable.”
IBEW Local 532
“Pre-apprenticeship prepares women for work in what is still a dominantly male work field.”
Step Up for Women Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Graduate
“If I can encourage one woman to consider working in the trades, I'm happy.”
IBEW Local 768
WANTO Grant Program
The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program provides funding to community-based organizations to assist employers and labor unions in the recruitment, training, and retention of women in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations.
Grantees may work in the full range of industries in which women are traditionally underrepresented or disproportionately concentrated in the lower-wage occupations, including advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, information technology, and transportation.
Additional information and resources for women interested in nontraditional occupation is available at the Women Build, Protect, and Move America portal.
On 09/21/2017, the Women’s Bureau awarded a total of nearly $1.5 million in grant funds to the following entities:
Read the grant's FAQ and Funding Opportunity Announcement, which outlines the 2017 program priorities and evaluation factors.
Read the 2016 Press Release Here, which was administered jointly between the Women's Bureau and the Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA).