Compared with men, women ... do not have the same degree of access to apprenticeships, and their rate of successful completion of these training programs is lower.... But we can change these outcomes.
JFF Director Myriam Sullivan recently wrote a profile of the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship program for a USA Today special report focusing women in skilled trades.
Led by JFF in partnership with the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership and the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute, the IMT apprenticeship helps workers in manufacturing production jobs prepare for apprenticeships in more advanced occupations. One of the initiative’s priorities, Sullivan reports, is to increase the number of women who participate in the IMT apprenticeship.
That’s important, Sullivan writes, because “compared with men, women—especially women of color—simply do not have the same degree of access to apprenticeships, and their rate of successful completion of these training programs is lower than that of male apprentices. But we can change these outcomes through intentional and coordinated efforts.”