$200K Grant Aimed at Highlighting Opportunities in Anne Arundel Retail Industry

Anne Arundel County’s Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC) has been awarded $200,000 as part of a nationwide initiative focused on attracting and retaining retail industry employees.

County Executive Steve Schuh and AAWDC President and CEO Kirkland Murray announced the two-year grant Monday at Arundel Mills mall in Hanover.

From The Capital Gazette,

The corporation — a nonprofit that provides job training services to county residents and hiring advice to local businesses — was one of 10 organizations across the country to receive the money, which is part of a $10.9 million grant funded by the Walmart Foundation.

Murray said the corporation will use grant money to educate people about job opportunities in retail, to ensure prospective workers have the skills employers are looking for and to give current retail employees the training they need to move up the career ladder. AAWDC will soon launch a marketing campaign highlighting retail opportunities.

“The ultimate goal here is to see people stay in retail and help people look at retail as a viable career path,” Murray said.

Anne Arundel’s retail sector encompasses 34,172 employees working for 1,969 businesses, according to statistics from AAWDC. The industry is expected to grow by about 1,000 jobs between now and 2020.

Schuh called the grant a “great example of the public sector working in partnership with the private sector to solve a problem and to advance our economy, and to help people.”

“The work that we’re conducting here as part of this program is going to be a national model for the entire country about how to help people get the skills they need and to integrate back into the workforce,” he said.

Read the full article for more information.

For more information on Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, visit http://www.aawdc.org/


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