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DoHS Encourages Women To Apply For Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program 

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The West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS) is encouraging female recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progam (SNAP) to apply for a manufacturing apprenticeship program.

Applications are being accepted for the West Virginia Women Work (WVWW) Step Up for Women Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship program.

The DoHS has partnered with WVWW since 2017 to help women explore, train and secure employment in non-traditional occupations, especially skilled trades such as carpentry and construction.

The program’s Spring 2024 class begins on Feb. 26, 2024 in Charleston. 

The 10-week, employment-based, pre-apprenticeship training program is designed to prepare women aged 18 and older for entry-level positions and apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing. 

Participants will learn hands-on training such as learning to operate high-tech machines to make products used in medical, aerospace, pharmaceuticals and auto industries, in addition to obtaining licenses and certifications.

“Our continued collaboration with WV Women Work creates tremendous opportunities for West Virginia women,” said Janie Cole, DoHS Bureau for Family Assistance commissioner. “It is our hope that the Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship program will help equip women with the training and tools needed to find rewarding careers and make meaningful changes for themselves and their families.”

SNAP and SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) clients should speak with their DoHS county office caseworker. Applications are also available online.