DOL Announces $1.5 Million Fund for Women’s Apprenticeships & Job Opportunities


Desirée Patno is the CEO and President of Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With almost three decades specializing in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem, she leads her executive team’s expertise of championing women’s economic growth and independence.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that $1.5 million in grant funding is available to help recruit, mentor and retain women in apprenticeship programs and help women pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, health care and other industries. The grant will be administered by the Department’s Women’s Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration.

This grant program, titled Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO), will be awarded to up to six community-based organizations that encourage women’s apprenticeship and employment in industries where women are currently underrepresented. Organizations that seek to apply must provide one or more of the following types of assistance:

  • Pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs;
  • Regular orientations for employers, unions, and workers to help create work environments that facilitate women’s success in these careers; and
  • Support groups, facilitating networks and/or supportive services for women’s retention.

“Apprenticeships provide a pathway to family-sustaining jobs,” said Women’s Bureau Acting Director Erica Clayton Wright in an official press release. “As the Trump administration works to expand apprenticeship across all industries and sectors of our economy, we remain committed to advancing women’s access to these opportunities.”

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