Maryland labor department adds 5 apprenticeship programs

Maryland’s labor department is adding four new sponsors and one reactivated sponsor to its apprenticeship program, offering training for high-wage, skilled trade jobs.

Moon Services, Tri-County Electrical Services, UMBC Training Centers and Miller and Long Company became new apprenticeship sponsors. Englishman Electric reactivated its program, the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation announced Tuesday. The program has 141 active sponsors. The number of registered apprentices in the state has jumped 20 percent, to about 9,600, since January 2015, the labor department said.

The latest round of sponsors will offer training for machinists; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians; electricians; plumbers; cement masons; ironworkers; operating engineers; and certified cyber analyst operators.

"Apprenticeship offers job seekers the chance to learn new skills while earning a wage, and employers the opportunity to build their workforce while reducing turnover costs,” Kelly M. Schulz, state labor secretary, said in the announcement.

The full-time jobs offered through the programs include on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Programs are open to anyone 18 or older, with youth apprenticeships open to high school students.

Businesses and job seekers interested in the program can contact or call 410-767-2246.

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