Grants for training women in nontraditional occupations

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on April 5 the availability of around $1.8 million in grants to support training and apprenticeship programs for women in “nontraditional occupations.” The grants, which will go towards improving the training and employment of women in “industries such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and construction,” were made available mainly to meet increasing demand for skilled workers. Jobs with changing “work and worker requirements,” as well as “new and emerging green occupations,” were also targeted.

Grant recipients must use funds not only for unemployed and dislocated workers, but also incumbent workers – those who are currently employed but require training in order to secure new employment or advance in their careers.

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), which works with the Women’s Bureau in administering this grant, aims to develop the American workforce through training and employment services. Besides grants, the ETA has a number of job training programs and other resources to contribute to the U.S. labor market.

Posted by: Pokyee Yu

Sources:  The U.S. Department of Labor, the Employment and Training Administration, the Women’s Bureau

Photo Credit: Women in construction courtesy of flickr user University of Salford

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