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DOL Announces $1.8M in Grants to Support Female Workers

June 15, 2010

As Santa Ana Labor and Employment Attorneys, we have been following the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) announcement this week, that a total of $1.8 million in funding, as part of the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Grant program (WANTO)--was given to six organizations in California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, to encourage women to pursue career opportunities in non-traditional fields.

In these grant funded projects, women will be trained by community-based organizations to enter careers in many non-traditional areas--like manufacturing and the construction industry. Women will be given educational opportunities to train and prepare for different and non-traditional occupational roles--including carpenter, plumber, welder, construction worker, electrician, cement-mason, machinist, and painter or plasterer, among others. Female workers will also have to opportunity to go to programs geared toward networking and mentoring, and receive advice on job placement, in an environment that supports and advances women in non-traditional careers.

The DOL's Women's Bureau is dedicated to ensure opportunities for American women who aim to achieve their potential, with equal opportunity in the workplace. The WB and the Employment and Training Administration's (ETA) Office of Apprentice (OA) work together to administer the WANTO grant program--with the main purpose of increasing the number of women entering and remaining in apprenticeships having to do with non-traditional occupations. With grant funding, community-based organizations are able to provide technical assistance to help employers and labor unions place women in the right occupational apprenticeships.

Sara Manzano-Diaz, the director of the DOL's Women's Bureau (WB) claims that as women make up a critical part of this country's workforce, these grants recognize that there is a need for more talented women to enter occupations in lucrative and non-traditions industries. The grants will reportedly also provide female workers with important training opportunities and connections with established Registered Apprenticeship programs, to prepare them for long and successful careers, that are free from employment bias or discrimination based on sex.

In cities throughout Southern California, contact our Labor and Employment Attorneys at Howard Law, PC today.

US Department of Labor Announces $1.8 Million in Grants to Support Women in Non-traditional Occupations, PR Newswire/DOL Press Release, June 14, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Department of Labor (DOL): Women's Bureau: Nontraditional Occupations: Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Grant program (WANTO)