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New Law Expands Opportunities for Women in the Trades

September 28, 2016 | by

Today, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 2288, which will require pre-apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades funded by the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to develop a plan for outreach, recruitment, and retention of women. This bill was a priority of the Stronger California 2016 Legislative Agenda, which seeks to ensure women’s economic security across the state.

“Pre-apprenticeship programs are a critical pathway to careers in the higher-paid, traditionally male-dominated skilled trades, and increasing women’s participation in these programs will help close the gender wage gap in California, which is particularly egregious for women of color,” said Jessica Stender, Senior Staff Attorney at Equal Rights Advocates and Co-Chair of the Policy Committee of the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues. “Women currently make up just 2.2% of construction apprentices across the state. We applaud Governor Brown for signing Assembly Bill 2288, which will open the doors for more women to enter these fields, and we will work to ensure effective implementation and enforcement of this important new law.”

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