Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Labor has awarded over $2.8 million in grant funding to assist businesses and organization in creating and expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Maryland.
This $2.8 million is the third in a series of federal expansion grants that the Maryland Department of Labor has secured. The Department allocated $1.75 million of its State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant to create the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund (AIF) 2.0, which has successfully helped with the expansion of reach of Registered Apprenticeship programs in Maryland. The Department has also allocated $700,000 of its State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant to establish a Related Instruction Reimbursement Program allowing Registered Apprenticeship employers to offset the cost of registering new apprentices by allowing for a reimbursement for cost of related instruction.
From the press release:
“Our administration remains committed to strengthening our economy by building a 21st century workforce that meets and surpasses the needs of Maryland’s businesses,” said Governor Hogan. “This investment in apprenticeships will help connect businesses with a steady pipeline of talent and create rewarding career opportunities for our citizens.”
The funding from AIF 2.0 has been awarded to eight businesses and organizations, each of which will register at least 100 new apprentices: