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.
"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.
The apprenticeship council oversees policies and standards governing the programs.
Interested applicants should contact the employer.