Improving Gender Diversity in Registered Apprenticeships: Best Practices from the Sheet Metal Workers and Ironworkers

Time: 8/1/18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm


This webinar will discuss strategies for increasing gender diversity used by two union apprenticeship programs: the Sheet Metal Workers Local 28 New York and the Ironworkers International. Promising strategies include working with feeder programs that target and prepare women for working in the trades, setting up a national pre-apprenticeship program for women, and initiatives to improve retention. The Local 28 Sheet Metal apprenticeship program has increased women’s share of apprentices to 16 percent by following intentional outreach and retention strategies.


Join the National Center for Women’s Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment at Chicago Women in the Trades and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research for a webinar on August 1 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET. Speakers will discuss best practices, challenges, and lessons learned.


  • Kevin Byrnes, Chief of Staff, Ironworkers International
  • Vicki O’Leary, General Organizer, Ironworkers International
  • Leah Rambo, Director of Training, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local Union 28 (New York)
  • Jayne Vellinga, Executive Director, Chicago Women in the Trades


  • Ariane Hegewisch, Program Director, Employment and Earnings, Institute for Women’s Policy Research



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