2022 FUNDING: Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a funding opportunity of $3.4 million for up to nine grants to attract and keep women in Registered Apprenticeship Programs and industries where they are underrepresented such as manufacturing, infrastructure, ...

AWS Publications | May 23, 2022 | Tech and Industries
Welding Digest ►  2022 FUNDING: Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a funding opportunity of $3.4 million for up to nine grants to attract and keep women in Registered Apprenticeship Programs and industries where they are underrepresented such as manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and healthcare.

Administered by the Department’s Employment and Training Administration and Women’s Bureau, the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program supports community-based organizations in their efforts to recruit, train, and retain more women in Registered Apprenticeships and nontraditional occupations.

While women make up nearly half the U.S. labor force, they comprise only 13 percent of Registered Apprentices.

Registered Apprenticeships are a pathway for workers to the middle class. They also help employers to recruit, develop, and retain a highly skilled and diverse workforce. While this earn-while-you-learn model has a long history in skilled trades, such as construction, emerging, high-growth industries like manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity and healthcare are increasingly using Registered Apprenticeships to strengthen their workforce.

To learn more:

WANTO grant program and 2021 grant recipients

Frequently Asked Questions

Apply for the 2022 WANTO grant at grants.gov by June 20, 2022.