WILL Empower seeking applicants for its 2022 apprenticeship program


The WILL (Women Innovating Labor Leadership) Empower program is currently recruiting for its 2022 class of apprentices with unions and worker organizations across the nation.

The program, a joint project of Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor and Rutgers University SMLR’s Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, is a multipronged initiative designed to identify, nurture and train a new generation of women’s labor leadership.

Apprentices may work in a variety of capacities, including organizing, research, communications, politics, mobilization and policy. Apprentices benefit from a formal mentorship program, with mentors both within and outside of the host organization, and participate in a WILL Empower training and gathering at the beginning of their apprenticeship.

The apprenticeships run for three to 12 months. Each apprentice has two mentors and ongoing support and connection with members of the WILL Empower network. Pay starts at $18 an hour. Following successful completion of the program, WILL Empower staff work with program graduates on job identification and recommendation.

To qualify for the program, applicants should have:

  • A proven commitment to social and economic justice.
  • A strong interest in being part of a program designed to build a new generation of women’s labor leadership.
  • An interest in working long-term in a worker-based organization; 
  • Solid leadership skills.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills.

• Proven experience in at least one of the areas of apprenticeship focus: organizing, policy, research, communications, politics or mobilization. Experience with student organizations and/or local unions counts.

People of color, people under the age of 35 and bilingual individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. LGBTQ applicants, cisgender, transgender, gender non-conforming and those who identify across a range of gender expressions are welcome.

The application deadline is April 15, 2022. To apply, visit http://ow.ly/yrhu50HLY9H.

For more information on the program or on becoming a host workplace, contact: willempower.labor@gmail.com.


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