Grants For Women In Non-Traditional Occupations

Under the Women in Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) initiative, U.S. Department of Labor has sanctioned grants to promote organizations, which are on their way to help employers and unions to initiate the apprenticeship programs, and to encourage and recruit women in the nontraditional occupations.

Since the fiscal year 1994, The United States Department of Labor Women’s Bureau and the Bureau of the Apprenticeship and Training have already sanctioned more than 4.7 million dollars for administering 37 Women in Apprenticeship and Non traditional Occupations Technical Assistance Grants to 26 community-based employers and unions organizations that had been training, recruiting and retaining women towards the non traditional occupations and to prevent their sexual harassment. The funding under the WANTO Act is executed on the basis of annual appropriation.

Grants for the apprenticeship training give great opportunity for women to attain the skills that can be very fruitful for them in their career development. These grant programs help women to attain the skills required of them to boost their career and overcome challenges being faced by them especially in the areas requiring high technology skills relating to computer-based information technology, for instance general services, telecommunications, manufacturing, utilities, and transportation.

Besides, in early 1990, Congress passed legislation for the women to raise their earning capacity and increase their self-sufficiency through their entrance in their nontraditional work. Again in the year 1991, the Nontraditional Employment for Women Act was enacted making it mandatory for all the states to raise the number of females who want to get trained under nontraditional occupations.

The WANTO Act had already given awards amounting to more than 2 million dollars in grants to the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grantees and to name the few recipients among many are Oregon Tradeswoman, Inc., Portland, Ore., Women Unlimited, Augusta, Maine; Nontraditional Employment for Women, New York, N.Y.; Tradeswomen, Inc., Oakland, Calif Hard Hatted Women, Cleveland, Ohio.

Though wages between the traditional and non-traditional high demand jobs differ across the nations, yet the wages of nontraditional jobs are higher than the average traditional jobs. In service too, nontraditional workers receive wages 43.36 percent more than traditional jobs.

The difference in wages between the nontraditional and traditional occupations is wider in metropolitan areas. These reasons enforced the government to encourage women to take up nontraditional occupations in metropolitan areas.

The grants are administered by the Women’s Bureau with the Labor Department’s Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services.

John Goldman is one of the foremost advisors in matters relating to Government Grants and Financial Aid. To learn more about government grants and how to apply for them visit the Government Grant USA website

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