ERIC Number: ED327718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Access, Equity, and Opportunity. Women in Machining: A Model Program.
The Women in Machining (WIM) program is a Machine Action Project (MAP) initiative that was developed in response to a local skilled metalworking labor shortage, despite a virtual absence of women and people of color from area shops. The project identified post-war stereotypes and other barriers that must be addressed if women are to have an equal opportunity in machining and other skilled trades. Short-term barriers include sex bias in assessment, testing, and counseling; lack of career information; and math or technical anxiety. Support services are essential to eliminate ongoing barriers, such as lack of affordable child care; lack of information about local industry; sexual harassment and discrimination; family opposition; lack of transportation; and financial hardship. To get WIM started, MAP has taken deliberate steps to develop contacts with various sectors of the community and to create materials necessary for active recruitment, including a survey of machine shops to identify machinists who are women and people of color; organization of a Committee on Women in Machining; and establishment of high support services. Program experience suggests recommendations for training providers, employers, labor unions, community organizations, policymakers, and women in the trade to recruit and support women in the workplace. (Lists 13 organizational resources.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Ancillary School Services, Day Care, Demonstration Programs, Educational Opportunities, Employed Women, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Job Training, Machinists, Nontraditional Occupations, Postsecondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Student Recruitment, Trade and Industrial Education, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hampden County Employment and Training Consortium, Springfield, MA.
Identifiers: Massachusetts (Hampden County)
Note: For related documents, see CE 056 736 and CE 056 803. Funded with a grant from the Massachusetts Industrial Services Program.