The United States workforce has weathered major challenges in recent years, as the pandemic amplified the demand for skilled labor. Despite skilled labor shortages across myriad industries, women’s share of the ever-expanding construction workforce reached an all-time high (14%) in 2022, and the number of minority women apprentices has nearly doubled in recent years. With opportunities for women to enter the trades being stronger than ever, family-owned workwear brand Carhartt recently announced that it is dedicating its spring 2023 round of bi-annual “For the Love of Labor” grants to increase female representation in the skilled trades.
Now through Feb. 17, eligible nonprofit organizations that help place women in skilled positions are encouraged to apply for the spring 2023 grants as part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to strengthening and diversifying America’s workforce. Recipients will be announced in early March ahead of International Women’s Day as part of Carhartt’s larger celebration of women in the skilled trades.
“While women have always played a vital role in this country’s rich history of labor, they remain disproportionately underrepresented in the skilled trades, where many of the jobs are historically male-dominated,” said Linda Hubbard, president and COO at Carhartt.
Launched in August 2022, Carhartt’s For the Love of Labor grant program is a first-of-its-kind initiative for the brand, created to support community-based nonprofit organizations nationwide to educate, train, and place workers into meaningful skilled trade jobs.
Eligible organizations must be a United States-based 501©3 designated organization in recognized apprenticeship industry that has established programs serving at least 100 individuals annually.