VOL. 111 | NO. 84 | Friday, May 9, 1997
By CAMILLE H
YWCA to train women for nontraditional jobs
By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE
The Daily News
The YWCA of Greater Memphis has been awarded a grant for nearly $133,000 from the Private Industry Council Job Partnership Training Act for conducting nontraditional job training as part of its Women In Trades project.
The Women In Trades project is a component of the YWCAís Employment and Training Program at the Sarah Brown branch which helps women gain access to nontraditional employment.
A collaborative with the National Institute of Home Builders, the program will target displaced homemakers, single heads of households with dependent children, Families First referrals and women interested in nontraditional job training. The program seeks to enroll at least 40 participants by June 1998.
There will be several training sessions of 10 weeks each with 12 to 14 participants. The program seeks to place 70 percent or more of the participants in jobs such as drywall installation, construction framing, and heating and air conditioning installation.
Nontraditional occupations are defined as those where female employees make up 25 percent or less of the employee population.
ìIn the new wave of welfare reform, this innovative training program is truly a way for women to successfully make the transition,î said Pat Thompson, executive director of the Sarah Brown branch of the YWCA.
ìNontraditional training for women provides the opportunity for women to get into technical fields that will pay the kind of wages that will make them self-sufficient. They would then move away from minimum-wage service jobs and into the trade and technical fields,î she said.
ìIt is especially good for women coming off of the government-assistance programs, so that they can earn wages high enough to take care of themselves and a family.î
Thompson said it is important for the industry to consider hiring, training and promoting women because the work force is gradually becoming predominantly female.
Anita Walker, special project director for the YWCA and teacher of a lead workers class, said the women interested in the program can choose their field from a list of nontraditional occupations.
ìIn addition, they can take a career assessment inventory which shows us where their interests are,î Walker said. ìWe can determine from that career assessment inventory whether or not they would fit into one of those nontraditional areas.î
The YWCA is a United Way agency with 2,700 members. The mission of the YWCA is to empower women and eliminate racism. The Sarah Brown branch of the YWCA is located on Mississippi Boulevard.