Fast Track Training Program Helps Women Seeking an Apprenticeship
UTICA – The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant from WDB / HMO is launching a new accelerated pre-apprenticeship training program on September 13. The four-week program will help women become more employable in the trades. Women will learn blueprint reading, construction math, receive their OSHA-10 certification, and develop basic soft skills. This program is a great opportunity for women to learn about the trades and fill some of the gaps that lead to low employment rates for women in these jobs.
WANTO focuses on training and employing women in “non-traditional” occupations, which are defined by the US Department of Labor as any industry in which women make up 25% or less of the workforce. WANTO works primarily with the information technology, advanced manufacturing, trades, agriculture and transportation sectors.
“Our goal for the WANTO Grants Program is to provide more opportunities for women,” says Stephanie Heiland, WANTO Project Director. “We really want women to have confidence in their ability to succeed in non-traditional jobs. By providing pre-apprentices with additional knowledge on topics relevant to the trades, we hope that they will gain self-confidence and be placed in sustainable careers.
WANTO’s pre-apprenticeship program will begin September 13 and run Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon for four weeks at the Educational Opportunity Center at 524 Elizabeth St. Utica, NY 13501. For more information or to apply, the women should call 315-207-6951 ext: 133.