Whether working traditionally blue-collar jobs, or any of the more recently apprenticeable fields such as tech or healthcare, women are bringing a lot to the table.
By ensuring women have pathways into stable, well-paying careers, employers are helping to further drive the economy. Women are more often making the purchasing decisions in their homes, so employing them as apprentices means more money going back into local economies, strengthening economic growth.
Check out the materials below for guidance and outreach resources focused on bringing more women into apprenticeable occupations:
Apprenticeship Programs Targeting Women
- Chicago Women in Trades
- National Center for Women's Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment
- Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
- Tradeswomen, Inc.
- University of Iron: Women in the Ironworking Trade
- Nontraditional Employment for Women
- West Virginia Women Work
- Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW)
- International Union of Operating Engineers
Toolkits and Guides
- Pre-Apprenticeship: Pathways for Women into High-Wage Careers
- U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau: Apprenticeships Portal
- Build TogetHER - Women in the Building Trades (Canada)
- Pink to Green Toolkit: Adding a Gender Lens to Green Jobs Training Programs
- Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Regional Resource
- California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association
- The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union, AFL-CIO
- Elements for Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Apprentices (NABTU)
- Women’s Equity and Inclusion in the Rail and Transit Sector Toolkit
Outreach and Background Materials
- Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: Apprenticeship for Women
- You Can Do It! A Woman’s Guide to Construction Careers (Chicago Women in Trades)
- Building a Career in the Trades (Chicago Women in Trades)
- We Heard the Call! (Chicago Women in Trades)
- Adding a Gender Lens to Nontraditional Jobs (Jobs for the Future)
- Give Tradeswomen A Little Respect! (Chicago Women in Trades)
Research on What Works
- Putting a Gender Lens on Pre-apprenticeship Curriculum: Strategic Approaches and Curriculum for Women’s Success in Building Trade Apprenticeships (Wider Opportunities for Women)
- Effective Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Women in the Trades: Best Practice Case Studies (Chicago Women in the Trades)