Non-traditional jobs sought for women

November 02, 1992|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Carroll County employers who normally would hire men: Diane Massey is looking for you.

The county administrator for job training is applying for a federal grant to put women in non-traditional jobs and needs prospective sites if the money is awarded.

"If your first response would be thinking of hiring a man, then you would probably be a good site for this grant," Ms. Massey told members of the Economic Development Commission last week.

She asked members to send her a letter if they were interested and to tell her whether they plan to hire anyone next year.

"This will also give us an idea of which businesses will be doing a lot of expanding," she said.

The grant, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the Non-traditional Employment for Women Act, gives groups up to $250,000 over 16 months to develop a program that places women in non-traditional jobs such as construction, plumbing and electronics.

The act, passed last December, amends the Job Training Partnership Act to provide a wider range of job opportunities for women, Ms. Massey said. She estimated that her program, applied for with Baltimore County, will cost $93,000.

The federal government is awarding six grants per year for the next four years, Ms. Massey said.

"The reason we are looking at these jobs is that they have the potential to greatly improve the economic status of women," she said. "Usually there are higher salaries, more flexible hours and opportunities for job advancement."

Successful programs will be used as models all over the country, Ms. Massey said.

Carroll County's program should help employers and educators as well as women seeking work, she said.

"We serve two groups -- the person without a job and the employer in need of people," Ms. Massey said.

"We can give the women the support they need to enter these fields, and give instructors some of the new information about working in a classroom setting that is mixed male and female."

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