Manufacturers must reassess and adjust their operations as the COVID-19 crisis continues with a focus on rebuilding a more versatile, diverse workforce in order to contribute to a stronger, more equitable economy. In these talent recruitment and development activities, evidence shows manufacturing employers will perform better if women are significantly represented in the workforce. Yet, the industry still comprises only approximately 30 percent women.
This 2-day virtual institute will provide manufacturing industry leaders and stakeholders with a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss best practices for hiring, training, and retaining women and help the manufacturing industry build a more robust talent pipeline.
Tuesday, September 15
Why Women: The Importance of Women to the Manufacturing Sector
Hear from federal officials and national and local leaders about the impact women workers have had and can have in the manufacturing sector. Then, catch an honest discussion between tradeswomen and employers as they strategize collective solutions for recruiting and retaining women in manufacturing.
Wednesday, September 16
What Works: Recruiting and Retaining Women in Manufacturing
Learn how to address implicit bias in application and assessment practices and how to create an equitable preparatory/pre-apprenticeship program. Then, understand the experiences of women of color in manufacturing, and gain practical skills in understanding microaggressions and becoming an ally in support of tradeswomen’s success.
This event was hosted by JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning, Chicago Women in the Trades, and West Virginia Women Work, Inc. It was made possible by an Industry Partner Intermediary contract with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Photo credit: West Virginia Women Work