Friday, February 19, 2010

NWTC Wants More Women In Apprenticeship Programs

Tue February 16, 2010


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s technical colleges want more women to join their apprenticeship programs. Once the economy improves, they expect more women to be recruited as plumbers, electricians, and carpenters. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay has 450 student apprentices – but only 7 are women. That’s why the school is holding an informational seminar for women Tuesday night.

Todd Kiel of NWTC says women and society need to get past the stereotype that females are not “cut out” to work with their hands. He says a big turnover in the job market is expected in the next 10 years as baby boomers retire. Kiel says a better pipeline needs to be established for future workers, and apprenticeships will put people of both genders in a better position to get those jobs. The state has about 300 apprenticeships ranging from pipe fitting to cosmetology.


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