chapter  7
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Nuts and Bolts II: How Nonprofits’ Programs Worked

Tonya recognizes not only the value of nontraditional employment for her­ self and her family, but also the importance of her succeeding in a nontradi­ tional occupation (NTO) for other women who want to follow in her footsteps, “next time a woman comes looking for a job, I can hire her.”2 Just as mentoring and retention are key factors in the success of state Nontraditional Employ­ ment for Women (NEW) funded projects, so they are key for nonprofits’ Women in Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) funded projects, as well. Criteria for evaluating nonprofit grantees are the same as those used to evaluate state agency grantees in the previous chapter: Brigid O’Farrell’s WANTO and NEW grantee best practices outlined in Table 6.1.3 The WANTO grantees help employers and unions to recruit, train, and retain women in NTOs. Employers receive assistance reaching out to the largely untapped female workforce with guidance from, for instance, the Home Build­ ers Institute’s (HBI) Opening New Doors in Residential Construction: A Manual for Employers Seeking to Hire Women for Nontraditional Occupa­ tions, which contains templates for help-wanted advertisements, a selection of these are shown in Box 7.1.