"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 helps to expand pathways for women to enter in, and lead in, all industries.
The WANTO grant program awarded $1,403,190 in 2018 to four community-based organizations to encourage women's employment in underrepresented occupations and pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. Organizations receiving funds will 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; and
- Setting up support groups and facilitating networks for women to improve their retention.
In 2018, the Women’s Bureau awarded grants to the following entities:
The 2018 grants are administered by the Department’s Women’s Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration.
Read the press release, the FAQ, and Funding Opportunity Announcement, which outlines the 2018 program priorities and evaluation factors.