FEC Awarded Women in Apprenticeship & Nontraditional Occupations Grant

June 7, 2018
For more information, please contact:
Communications Manager, Gail Greble at ggreble@feckc.org
KANSAS CITY, MO - The Full Employment Council (FEC) has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau and Office of Apprenticeship  to facilitate “Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations”(WANTO). Only four of these grants were awarded throughout the country. The grant will afford FEC the opportunity to further utilize its diverse business model to increase the number of women entering nontraditional occupations and registered apprenticeships in the Jackson, Cass, Clay, Platte and Ray Counties. 

The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant program provides technical assistance to employers, small businesses, units of government, and labor unions to encourage the employment of women and create positive work environments. Apprenticeship is the workforce area with the smallest female representation. The WANTO grant program also encourages women to pursue nontraditional careers in growing sectors such as Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing which have some of the highest paying occupations in the country.

FEC will convene top executive women throughout the Greater Kansas City area in the targeted industries of Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Business/Financial Services, Construction, and Warehouse/Logistics to create customized pre-apprenticeship training programs. These programs will consist of classroom training, job shadowing, on-the-job training, technical industry-specific training, and soft skills training in the targeted sectors.
“We are extremely excited to be leading this apprenticeship model in the Kansas City Region and look forward to facilitating diversity and inclusion for women in under-represented occupations.” Shelley Penn, Senior Vice President of the Full Employment Council.            
The Full Employment Council, Inc. (FEC) is the Managing Entity/Fiscal Agent for the Kansas City & Vicinity Workforce Development Board and the Eastern Jackson County Workforce Development Board.


The Full Employment Council, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.
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