Employer groups can begin applying next week for grants from a new state program aimed at increasing workforce training.
Applications for Maryland's Employment Advancement Right Now program, known as EARN, are scheduled to go online at 2 p.m. Tuesday at dllr.maryland.gov. State labor officials hope businesses in industries that need more skilled workers will collaborate to decide what training is needed and how it could best be delivered.
Maryland has $4.5 million for the program this fiscal year, split between planning grants and money to put training proposals in place. Planning-grant applications are due Nov. 12, and the deadline for implementation-grant applications is March 31.
The state will hold a conference for potential applicants at 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Anne Arundel Community College's Robert E. Kauffman Theater, 101 College Parkway in Arnold.