Labor Department Gives Apprenticeship Grants to Support Women

Community-based organizations set to receive $1.8 million in federal funds

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

You don’t hear a whole lot about women working in fields like construction, transportation and advanced manufacturing, but the Department of Labor seems ready to change that.

The department is awarding $1.8 million in grants through the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program, according to a news release. The grants will go to community-based organizations in six states.

“Apprenticeship programs are effective pipelines into growing industries,” Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis says in the release. “But too often, these programs are not as accessible to women. The federal grants announced will better connect women with apprenticeships, helping them to gain skills in fields that offer long-term career opportunities.”

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