CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Department of Labor has received a $6,012,924 award from the U.S. Department of Labor for a State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant.

The grant is the fourth in a series of expansion grants awarded to the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program and will be used to invest in the state’s Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, employers and apprentices.

“Maryland is a national leader in workforce development, job training and apprenticeships, and it is critical that we continue to invest in the future of our skilled workforce,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “As our state and nation continue our economic recovery, this federal grant award will help Maryland continue to grow a steady pipeline of talented, well-trained workers to meet the increasing demand for essential skilled jobs.”

Maryland has reached a record-breaking milestone of 11,000 registered apprentices working in the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program.

“Even in the midst of the challenges facing our state during COVID-19, Maryland’s apprenticeship program has remained a vibrant part of our workforce system,” said Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor Tiffany Robinson. “This record funding for a single award will enable our team to continue expanding the reach and improving the quality of the state’s programs, while also supporting the evolving needs of our businesses and Marylanders seeking career opportunities.”

The state will use the grant to:

  • Modernize its apprenticeship web presence.
  • Further align employment, training, education and support services for adults and youth and other underrepresented populations to enable them to more readily enter apprenticeships.
  • Initiate a multimedia statewide outreach and marketing campaign to illustrate the value of apprenticeship as a dynamic career pathway that benefits both employers and job seekers alike.
  • Establish an Employer Incentive Program to assist with the costs associated with related instruction for newly Registered Apprentices.
  • Strengthen MATP’s presence by supporting partnerships with community colleges and conduct outreach that emphasizes the value of connecting youth apprenticeship to the formal Registered Apprenticeship system.
  • For more information about apprenticeship opportunities in Maryland, visit MDapprenticeship.com, email info@mdapprenticeship.com or call 410-767-2173.

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