The Workforce Development Board, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Inc.’s (WDB/HMO) Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program is hosting a free women-focused virtual job fair on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.


“The women we’ve worked with appreciate that we have the ability to accommodate them with a variety of trainings that will help them on their path towards an opportunity in a nontraditional occupation,” says Apprenticeship Coordinator Luke Bogar. “The ability to work within 17 counties in New York has given the WANTO team the capability to meet new organizations that have provided more options for participants in certain fields. The program offers avenues for women to take part in a more inclusive and equitable workforce, and helps them build the confidence they need to be successful in these fields. The feedback we receive from our participants makes us happy to take part in helping women find a job or career in a field they may not have thought would suit them.”


WANTO helps women gain employment in nontraditional occupations such as trades, information technology (IT), advanced manufacturing, transportation, public safety, agriculture, and more. Nontraditional occupations is defined by the U.S. Department of Labor as any industry in which females make up 25% or less of the workforce. The job fair also gives women an opportunity to connect with WANTO staff and learn more about nontraditional occupations and the benefits of participating in the grant program.


WANTO serves the following counties: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Tioga, and Tompkins. Job seekers and employers throughout the entire 17-county region are invited to register.


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

Employers register here:

Job Seekers register here:


The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by the Department’s Women’s Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration in a grant of $716,676.00.

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