By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., which offers job training for women, is a partner with the Chicago Women in Trades in expanding apprenticeship opportunities around the country for women and people of color.
The Chicago Women in Trades’ National Center for Women’s Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment has received a $20.4 million award for the work from the U.S. Department of Labor. Oregon Tradeswomen is a key partner in the project, said Mary Ann Naylor, communications manager.
The Oregon and Chicago groups will be working with regional and national partners across the country, from Seattle and California to Boston and New York, Naylor said.
Oregon Tradeswomen has been able to increase diversity in construction apprenticeship in the state, Naylor said. Registered apprenticeship programs that work with the organization have nearly tripled the national apprenticeship average of 3 percent, she said.
“Apprenticeship means on-the-job training combined with classroom study, offering new workers a learn-while-you-earn opportunity that also provides good benefits and portable credentials,” said Jayne Vellinga, executive director of Chicago Women in Trades. “Apprenticeships in construction, manufacturing and transportation sectors open doors to high-wage, highly skilled jobs and career pathways that offer pay equity and economic security for women.”