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Human Genome Sciences to offer state's first biopharmaceutical manufacturing apprenticeship

Human Genome Sciences Inc. has become Maryland's first employer to offer a biopharmaceutical manufacturing apprenticeship, the Maryland Department of Labor said Thursday.

The department's Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council approved the Rockville-based company's apprenticeship program for instrumentation and electrical technicians. The state is working to expand its apprenticeships to include science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations in a growing list of nontraditional programs.

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"This program will allow Marylanders the opportunity to the gain global, in-demand skills needed to advance in the new economy," Kelly M. Schulz, state Labor Department secretary, said in the announcement.

Registered apprenticeships are voluntary, industry-driven programs sponsored by employers, employer associations, and jointly by management and labor. The programs combine supervised on-the-job training and technical instruction to teach apprentices skills for specific occupations.

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The apprenticeship council oversees policies and standards governing the programs.

Interested applicants should contact the employer.

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