ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan has proclaimed Nov. 8-14 as National Apprenticeship Week in Maryland.

According to a news release from the Maryland Department of Labor, this week-long observance will celebrate apprenticeship as a proven workforce development tool and recognize the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program’s success in growing the state’s registered apprenticeship programs.

Maryland has reached a record-breaking milestone of 11,266 registered apprentices currently working, earning and learning, which represents the highest participation rate in state history, the release states.

“Since first taking office in 2015, we’ve made it a top priority to promote apprenticeships as a way to benefit both jobseekers and employers in Maryland,” Hogan said in a statement. “I am honored to proclaim November 8-14 as National Apprenticeship Week in Maryland to recognize the countless state employees, businesses, and stakeholders who are committed to connecting Marylanders with rewarding careers, while strengthening the state’s economy, through these important programs.”

Registered apprenticeships give employees the opportunity to have a full-time job, learn through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction and earn a salary. Open to any industry and all individuals 18 years or older, apprenticeships provide Marylanders with alternative pathways for exploring, establishing, and growing in an occupation or profession, the release states.

“Despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland’s Apprenticeship and Training Program quickly adapted to our new virtual world and embraced technology to ensure that our apprentices’ education and on-the-job training safely continued,” said Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson. “As a result of our team’s hard work and dedication, Maryland’s apprenticeship program has experienced remarkable growth in 2020 with a record-breaking 11,200 registered apprentices and 20 new occupations and 17 new sponsors added.”

Reaching 11,266 registered apprentices is a significant milestone made possible by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program’s dedication and commitment to recruiting new programs, sponsors and apprentices in the state, the release states. There are currently 3,703 businesses and 172 program sponsors actively participating in the state’s registered apprenticeship program.

The state’s nationally-recognized youth apprenticeship program, Apprenticeship Maryland, has also experienced tremendous growth with 16 county school systems and 181 employers now participating across the state. Apprenticeship Maryland gives high school juniors and seniors a head start on their future career by working a minimum of 450 hours with a certified employer while receiving high school credit.

To learn more about National Apprenticeship Week in Maryland, visit http://labor.maryland.gov/employment/appr/apprweek.shtml.

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