Virtual job fair to help women seeking non-traditional jobs, agency says

UTICA – The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program will host a women-focused virtual job fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9.

The WANTO program, administered by the Workforce Development Board, Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties, Inc., aims to help women find employment in non-traditional occupations, including trades, information technology, manufacturing peak, transportation, public safety and agriculture, among others. potential jobs.

Non-traditional occupations are defined by the US Department of Labor as any industry in which women make up 25% or less of the workforce.

“The Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations Grant provides several opportunities to train and retain women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs,” says Sommer Edwards, WANTO’s Pre-Apprenticeship Coordinator.

“The goal is to provide women with a springboard to find employment in a non-traditional career. Current WANTO participants have recently completed pre-apprenticeship training and are actively seeking employment with a number of our employer partners,” added Edwards.

“WANTO’s most recent achievement spotlighted Khadijah Ballard who said, ‘I was empowered to prove people wrong and to have confidence in my ability to gain financial security, as well as to provide myself with a possibility of having another chance to succeed, in a judgment-free zone.’ WANTO staff, along with their counterparts, look forward to the continued success of its participants as they commit to contributing to a more inclusive and equitable workforce.

WANTO serves an area of ​​17 counties in central New York, including Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida and Madison counties.

Job seekers and employers from across the 17 county region are welcome to register.

The job fair is free for job seekers and employers on a user-friendly platform.

• Employers can register online at:

• Job seekers must register online at:

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