Maryland has officially reached more than 12,000 registered apprentices currently “earning and learning” in the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, marking the highest number of active apprentices ever in state history.
There are currently over 12,000 apprentices registered across Maryland’s 182 active apprenticeship programs that partner with 3,879 employers around the state. Apprenticeships are full-time jobs that include on-the-job training and classroom instruction, allowing apprentices to “earn while they learn.”
The Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP) — in the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning — helps train, educate, and connect potential apprentices with employers across the state.
Governor Larry Hogan celebrated the 12,000 apprentice milestone and noted that we now “have the tools and the talent to continue building a steady pipeline of well-trained skilled workers for the jobs of the future.”
The evolving role of apprenticeships and CTE
MATP — and apprenticeships in general — have grown extensively in recently years, signifying the growing role and importance of nontraditional workforce development and education programs, like Career and Technical Education (CTE).
In recent years, MATP has:
- Created a total of 127 new Registered Apprenticeship programs and attracted more apprentices to enroll in these programs than ever before;
- Introduced Registered Apprenticeships to new industries such as automotive, cybersecurity, healthcare, IT, and manufacturing, while also adding apprenticeship opportunities for 89 occupations not previously available through the apprenticeship model in the state;
- Achieved significant milestones for Registered Apprenticeships both in the state and country, further cementing Maryland as a national leader;
- Created a highly successful youth apprenticeship initiative that serves as a direct on-ramp for high school students to enter into apprenticeship opportunities; and
- Expanded capacity and developed highly innovative practices to ensure the continued growth of this critical program in the future.
Anyone 18 years of age or older can become a registered apprentice. Businesses and job seekers interested in apprenticeships are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-767-2246. County governments in particular should consider utilizing MATP and apprentice work help fill vacancies in county positions and to develop and implement employment interventions, address barriers to employment, and increase the numbers served to be placed into meaningful education and employment opportunities.
The Maryland Department of Labor’s website has several helpful tools and resources to help match potential apprenticeships to vacancies, including: