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, May 18th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.


“The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant is offering several opportunities this Spring/Summer for women to be placed in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs,” says Project Director Sommer Edwards. “The goal is to provide equal access to the training needed for women to secure employment within a non-traditional career.”

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, including trades, information technology (IT), advanced manufacturing, transportation, public safety, agriculture, and more..


“Current WANTO participants have recently completed pre-apprenticeship training, and are actively seeking employment through a number of our partnered employers,” Ms. Edwards says. “WANTO has recently switched to all virtual training options to allow women access to more opportunities by limiting the barriers many face in being able to participate in in-person classes. WANTO staff, along with its counterparts, look forward to connecting with new participants and employers who are interested in contributing to a more inclusive and equitable workforce.”

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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