SWFI grantees may encounter challenges in connecting their participants to opportunities in target industries, ranging from “selling” the target industry to participants, to building participants’ skills so they can progress along a career pathway toward middle- and high-skilled employment. Strong, collaborative partnerships with employers and other stakeholders can also help expand opportunities for SWFI participants.

This month, the Community of Practice will focus on promising practices for connecting SWFI participants to opportunities in advanced manufacturing industries.  Many of these promising practices will also be useful for grantees targeting the health care and information technology industries. On March 28, 2018, at 2pm ET, the SWFI TA team will host an industry expert call on advanced manufacturing with Kristina Szczyrbak, Executive Director of West Virginia Women Work. Kristina has over 10 years of experience in helping women explore, train, and secure employment in skilled trades such as advanced manufacturing, through West Virginia Women Work and also as a Department of Labor Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant recipient.  Kristina will share her experience in working with participants to place them in skilled trades in Advanced Manufacturing, to help SWFI grantees as they develop their own industry strategies. While this session focuses specifically on advanced manufacturing, these strategies could potentially also be applied in other industries.

We have also posted several new resources to the CoP to help grantees connect SWFI participants to opportunities in target industries. These are described in this month’s blog post.