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Deadline: August 23, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor: Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Technical Assistance Grant

The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) program is intended to provide technical assistance (TA) to employers and labor unions to encourage employment of women in apprenticeable occupations and nontraditional occupations (A/NTO), specifically by:

  • Developing (establishing, expanding or enhancing) pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs designed to prepare women for careers in A/NTO
  • Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women in A/NTO
  • Setting up support groups and facilitating networks for women in A/NTO, to improve their retention

Applicants may propose to provide technical assistance to support women’s participation and success in the full range of industries in which women are traditionally underrepresented or disproportionately concentrated in the lower-wage occupations. Such industries include but are not limited to: advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, information technology, and transportation.

The TA provided through this grant program will prepare employers and labor unions to successfully recruit, train, and retain women in A/NTO, and also expand women’s employment opportunities and labor force participation. As such, this grant program will help employers meet their workforce needs while bolstering women’s economic security and the overall strength of the nation’s economy.

Amount: $1,294,000 is available for four grants of $250,000 to $500,000 each.

Eligibility: Community-based organizations (CBOs). The term CBO means a private nonprofit organization (which may include a faith-based organization or a Native American organization), that is representative of a community or a significant segment of a community and that has demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in the field of workforce development. In awarding grants, the Department will give priority to applications that:

  • Demonstrate experience preparing women to gain employment in A/NTO
  • Demonstrate experience working with the business community to prepare them to place women in A/NTO
  • Have tradeswomen or women in nontraditional occupations as active members of the organization, as either employed staff or board members
  • Have experience delivering TA

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295799

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