The U.S. Department of Labor has about $1.8 million in grants available through the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program, an initiative designed to recruit, train and retain women in high-skill occupations, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, energy, construction and information technology. Applications are available at

Approximately four grants will be awarded to community development organizations. Services will include: the development of connections with pre-apprenticeship programs to prepare women for registered apprenticeship programs; orientations on creating a successful environment for women in apprenticeship; and support in the form of child care, transportation, support groups and other efforts to remove barriers to women succeeding in these industries.