Maryland expands apprenticeship programs

Maryland labor officials have approved new sponsors and employers for apprenticeship programs designed to help workers prepare for careers, the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Thursday.

Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Co. will offer an apprenticeship in the trade of industrial maintenance mechanic, and the Tree Care Industry Association will offer an apprenticeship in the trade of arborist, marking the first time an arborist program has been approved in the state. The department also approved Delaware-based Bauguess Electrical Services Inc. The employers are among more than 130 offering registered apprenticeship programs in Maryland.

The state has increased emphasis on such programs to help employers develop training and a pipeline of potential workers.

“By growing apprenticeship programs like these, we invest in Maryland businesses that need skilled employees, as well as Maryland workers looking for good-paying jobs,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in the announcement Thursday.

Two employers, Brick House Brown Masonry Inc. and the Maritime Applied Physics Corp., which had previously been approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council, were re-activated.

In addition, Bopat Electric Co. Inc., Dynamic Automotive and F.B. Harding Inc. were approved as eligible employers for a youth apprenticeship pilot currently underway in Frederick and Washington counties. The program, a partnership between the state labor department, the Maryland State Department of Education, Frederick County Public Schools and Washington County Public Schools, offers jobs for high school juniors and seniors. The employers join 16 that have been approved by the apprenticeship council.

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