#ApprenticeshipWorks for Women

By Caitlin Cater, policy analyst in the department’s Women’s Bureau

This National Apprenticeship Week, hear from three tradeswomen about how #ApprenticeshipWorks for them.

Shamaiah Turner

Shamaiah Turner:

Fifth-year apprentice with the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 in Dorchester, Massachusetts

Q. What initially drew you to apprenticeship?

Q. How has apprenticeship helped you in your career or your life?

Q. What advice would you offer women who are thinking about apprenticeship?

AJ Banuelos

AJ Banuelos

Journeyman laborer — bellman for Tower Crane, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 737 in Portland, Oregon

Q. What initially drew you to apprenticeship?

Q. How has apprenticeship helped you in your career or your life?

Q. What advice would you offer women who are thinking about apprenticeship?

Jeannie Lockwood

Jeannie Lockwood:

Journeywoman electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 in New York, New York

Q. What initially drew you to apprenticeship?

Q. How has apprenticeship helped you in your career or your life?

Q. What advice would you offer women who are thinking about apprenticeship?

At the Women’s Bureau, we know that apprenticeship is a particularly good investment for women. For example, one study found that women who completed a registered apprenticeship had higher annual earnings than women who did not. In addition, the women in the study expressed almost uniformly positive views about registered apprenticeship, and highlighted it as a pathway to a rewarding career that offers good pay, benefits, and opportunity for advancement.

Women interested in careers in non-traditional occupations can find information and resources, including training and apprenticeship opportunities, supportive services, and tradeswomen organizations, through our Women Build, Protect and Move America portal.

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