November 11 – 17 will be National Apprenticeship Week in Maryland as proclaimed by Governor Larry Hogan.
The week-long observation will also recognize the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program’s success. The Maryland Department of Labor reports that Maryland currently has 10,711 registered apprentices, an all time high participation rate in the state.
From the Maryland Department of Labor:
“Our administration’s focus on making Maryland more business friendly and improving the state’s economic competitiveness has been supported by the tremendous growth of registered apprenticeships,” said Governor Hogan. “With more apprentices than ever before in our state’s history, businesses are using this cost-effective workforce development tool to mold their future workforce while creating new jobs.”
Registered apprenticeships give employees the opportunity to have a full-time job, learn through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, and earn a salary. Open to any industry and all individuals 18 years or older, apprenticeships provide Marylanders with alternative pathways for exploring, establishing, and growing in an occupation or profession.
Currently, there are 3,820 businesses and 158 program sponsors actively participating in Maryland’s registered apprenticeship program. The Maryland Department of Labor will host a quarterly meeting of Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council as well as an additional 22 events around the state. These events will include youth career fairs, open houses at apprenticeship training centers, business forums, and industry roundtable discussions.