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Apprenticeship graduation numbers hit 20-year high

More workers graduated from Maryland apprenticeship programs during the 12 months ending in June than in the previous 20 years, the state said Wednesday.

The nearly 1,500 recently graduated apprentices also represent a 28 percent increase over the number of graduates in the 2010 fiscal year, the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said.

Apprentices learn a trade while working in the field, graduating after several years of on-the-job experience and classroom instruction. Construction and manufacturing use the lion's share of apprentices in Maryland, but the state launched an effort this year to expand the earning-while-learning model to other industries.

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