The Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program reached its highest participation rate since 2008, as more than 10,000 residents registered for the program this year, the office of Governor Larry Hogan said Tuesday.
The new high number was announced while the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council met and created or reactivated five programs. The Apprenticeship Training Program now boasts 23 new programs and 11 reactivated ones, the most since 2003.
The apprenticeship program partners with the Maryland Department of Labor, the Maryland State Department of Education, 150 apprenticeship sponsors, and 3,700 prospective employers. The program secured more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to help expand and accelerate its offerings.
“Today, we have more registered apprentices in Maryland than we have had in a decade, strengthening our workforce and boosting the competitiveness of our state economy,” said Governor Hogan in a statement. “This incredible achievement demonstrates our administration’s commitment to expanding opportunities and building lasting career pathways for Marylanders.”
The apprenticeships are full-time jobs that include on the job training and classroom instruction, so participants can "earn while they learn," the program said in a statement. Residents who are 18 or older can registered to become apprentices.
Businesses looking to potentially bring in apprentices or job seekers wishing to enroll in the program should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-767-2246.