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

Human Genome Sciences is offering the state's first apprenticeships in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

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.

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