This week we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week in Maryland. The national observation, which is held from November 12 – 18, promotes new apprenticeship opportunities, honors apprenticeship leaders and apprentices, and celebrates apprenticeship successes.
Apprenticeships are full-time jobs that include on-the-job training and classroom instruction, allowing apprentices to earn while they learn. This workforce development tool can be used in any industry and any occupation, and provides alternative pathways that give Marylanders more options for getting involved in a field, investing in an occupation, and growing in a profession.
Maryland’s week-long event, themed Apprenticeship Works!, will highlight how registered apprenticeships can be successfully employed in any industry and are available to all Marylanders. Throughout the week, the Maryland Department of Labor will participate in 18 events around the state, including a career fair, skilled craft union open house, youth apprenticeship information session, and manufacturers’ roundtable.
Maryland’s signature Apprenticeship Week event is the state’s sponsor appreciation event. The first of its kind, the event celebrates the state’s more than 150 apprenticeship sponsors and partners who have helped make the program a success. The event will honor sponsors who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Maryland. In addition, the state will make announcements about the future of apprenticeship in Maryland.
In September, the state announced it had reached more than 10,000 registered apprentices currently earning and learning in the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program – the highest participation rate since 2008. This year, 23 new apprenticeship programs have been created and 11 programs reactivated – the most since 2003.
Learn more at www.mdapprenticeship.com.