On Wednesday, March 9th, Baltimore City stood up its Train Up initiative, a free job training program for unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents impacted by COVID-19.
Train Up will be run by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development and provide essential skills training to participants in Baltimore’s growing industries, including healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and technology. The $5 million investment, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, into Train Up’s first year is historically large for a Baltimore City workforce development initiative.
Mayor Brandon M. Scott explained the significance of Train Up in a press release:
“I look forward to working closely with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development as we increase access to opportunity, promote local job growth, support low-income households, benefit historically underinvested neighborhoods and create wealth in Black and Brown communities,” said Mayor Scott. “Train Up will improve the chances of economic success for those who were systematically disadvantaged even before the COVID-19 public health emergency, and then disproportionately impacted by it.”
Baltimore City will work with 17 grantees to carry out training: Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Associated Builders and Contractors/Project JumpStart, Byte Back, Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Center for Urban Families, Civic Works, Equality Equation, Goodwill Industries, HOPE Inc., Jane Addams Resource Center, Maryland New Directions, NPower, Open Works, Per Scholas, UNITE HERE, and Vehicles for Change.