On August 3, 2022, Gov. Larry Hogan announces the award of a $22.9 million federal American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant for the Maryland Department of Labor to grow its offshore wind workforce with apprenticeships. Photo courtesy of Governor’s Office.

Maryland has more than 12,000 registered apprentices, the most in the state’s history, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday.

Through the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, more than 12,000 apprentices are registered to be trained in new job skills with 3,879 employers across the state.

“Maryland is recognized as a national leader in workforce development, job training, and registered apprenticeships,” Hogan said in a statement. “We have grown and diversified apprenticeships more than any other administration in state history, and we have the tools and the talent to continue building a steady pipeline of well-trained skilled workers for the jobs of the future.”

Maryland labor secretary Tiffany P. Robinson said the state’s apprenticeship program has increased the number of apprentices in Maryland and expanded the sectors in which those individuals are learning.

“Since day one, Governor Hogan has been focused on utilizing common sense solutions to grow and expand economic opportunity for all Marylanders,” Robinson said in a statement. “His steadfast support for Registered Apprenticeship has allowed MD Labor to not only grow the number of apprentices in our state to this historic level, but also to grow and diversify the industries and occupations that are served by our successful apprenticeship system.”

Some of those new industries include automotive, cybersecurity, healthcare, IT, and manufacturing.

In August, Hogan announced that Maryland’s labor department had received a $22.9 million federal American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant to grow the region’s offshore wind workforce with apprenticeships.

The funds are to be used for the Maryland Works For Wind program, to train workers for the offshore wind industry.

Marylanders age 18 or older can become registered apprentices to receive job training and classroom instruction in a field of their choice.

Individuals interested in becoming apprentices and businesses interested in hosting apprenticeships can contact info@mdapprenticeship.com or call 410-767-2246.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...