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Women in Apprenticeship

Women in Apprenticeship

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The Office of Apprenticeship in partnership with the Women's Bureau develops policies to support the recruitment and retention of women and increase the number of women in apprenticeship.

Supported by recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) partnerships and investments, the number of female apprentices has increased 218% from 2014 to 2019 and women now make up approximately 12.5% of active apprentices compared to 9.4% in 2014. 

Learn more about the Department's efforts by downloading our Fact Sheet.


Advancing Opportunities for Women through Apprenticeship

The Advancing Opportunities for Women through Apprenticeship case-based resource guide provides a framework for meaningful expansion of apprenticeship programs for women. The guide includes case studies on four high-quality, women-inclusive pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in a range of industry sectors. The guide identifies common strategies across the four programs to help others learn how to create programs that successfully open pathways to in-demand jobs for women through apprenticeships.

Read more by downloading the Case Study Guide.

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Here to Stay

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The COVID crisis has put a spotlight on the concentration of Black, Latina, and Afro-Latina women in low-wage jobs, including in many essential healthcare and retail jobs. These low-wage jobs do not allow workers to build significant savings or other forms of wealth which would help them and their families to be economically secure during economic downturns such as the current COVID-19 recession. The skilled construction trades have given many women an alternative to the poorly paid jobs in the service sector that many had to turn to before finding the trades. More than a quarter of a million women—291,000—work as electricians, carpenters, laborers, masons, plumbers, painters, sheet metal and iron workers, and other jobs in trades. 

Read more by downloading Chicago Women in Trades' publication called Here to Stay

Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations

WANTOThe Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program is designed to help expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries.

In 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau awarded $4,100,000 to six community-based organizations to increase women's employment in apprenticeship programs and nontraditional occupations. 

Read more about the 2020 WANTO grantees.