A bill sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to better train women for jobs traditionally held only by men sailed through the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee this week.

The committee passed it on a voice vote and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. Hatch said he hoped the measure would be considered there sometime this summer."Non-traditional occupations generally pay more and make it possible for women who have been economically disadvantaged and dependent on public assistance programs to adequately support their families without welfare," Hatch said.

Hatch has said his bill is designed to help women be all they can be - to borrow a phrase from the Army. "They deserve access to training programs that will provide them with the level of skill that will be demanded by American industry."

Hatch also stressed that he feels the bill will not rob men of jobs they now hold because projections show more than enough jobs will be created in coming years for everyone. However, those new jobs will require more training.

A study for the Department of Labor by the Hudson Institute projects that the percentage of total jobs in the market for those with little or no training will in coming years fall from 9 percent to 4 percent. Meanwhile the percentage of overall jobs for technicians, teachers and managers will increase from 18 percent to 28 percent.