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Program puts spotlight on Maryland welding jobs

Posted on April 3, 2019

An apprenticeship program is putting the spotlight on Maryland welding jobs.

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation announced new registered apprenticeship programs and apprenticable occupations, expanding opportunities for Maryland workers in high-wage skilled trade jobs and non-traditional apprenticeship industries.

At the March meeting of the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council (MATC), two new sponsors became part of the state’s apprenticeship program, three existing sponsors added a new occupation, and one sponsor reactivated an occupation within its program.

“Maryland’s growing apprenticeship program is providing more and more opportunities for our workers and employers,” said Acting Labor Secretary James E. Rzepkowski. “Apprenticeship is an ideal option for job seekers desiring hands-on training and career advancement, and for employers to develop and grow their workforce.”

Since the beginning of the Hogan administration in January 2015, the number of registered apprentices has grown by nearly 20 percent. Last fall, Maryland reported over 10,000 apprentices for only the second time in the history of the program.

Apprenticeships are full-time careers that include on-the-job training and classroom instruction, allowing apprentices to earn while they learn. Anyone 18 or older can be a registered apprentice, while high school students can pursue youth apprenticeships.

At the March council meeting, Eaton Corporation and Howard Community College became new apprenticeship sponsors, while the Baltimore City Joint Apprenticeship Program reactivated one occupation in its program, bringing the total of Maryland’s active apprenticeship sponsors to 153.

These new programs and reactivations include occupations such as CNC operator, welding technician, industrial maintenance technician, reinforcing metal worker, tree trimmer, and the new occupations of construction project manager and central sterile processing technician.

Two registered apprenticeship sponsors, the Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland (HACC of MD) and the Tree Care Industry Association, modified their apprenticeship standards to permit registration for high school students in an approved school-to-apprenticeship program. The school-to-apprenticeship model provides an important opportunity for youth to finish high school having already begun their career in a registered apprenticeship program as a student.

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