Many women in the trades are facing hardships which are decreasing their chances of becoming successful in their programs and careers. A few hardships women face include, sexual harassment, discrimination, lack of resources, isolation on the work site, inconsistent employment and the lack of other female mentors.
The U.S. Department of Labor rolled out updated Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Regulations, 29 CFR Part 30, to better expedite the 21st century modern changes in the workforce. The last updates to the EEO regulations were made in 1978. Therefore, it is imperative that an organization understands and creates/updates their individual affirmative action program to ensure women are safe and supported during their apprenticeships. If you would like assistance on developing or updating your current plan, please contact WVWW or WinC.
In order to encourage and assist Registered Apprenticeship Programs and Industry Partners, you will find resources available free of charge to improve the retention of women.