Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Program
Maryland recently launched the Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Program, an incentive program that aims to raise awareness about registered apprenticeships and encourage job seekers and businesses to engage in apprenticeship opportunities.
Apprenticeship ambassadors are leaders in their field or local area who demonstrate a high commitment to apprenticeships and/or to employ apprentices in their workforce. They cultivate and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders (such as students, parents, educators, business owners, elected officials, trade associations, and employment bodies) and act as champions for outreach activities and events that raise awareness about apprenticeships.
Four organizations have already received “ambassador” designation: Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI), Rural Maryland Council, Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake, and a Joint Apprentice Training Council composed of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association.
“No one knows better the power of apprenticeship than our industry leaders,” said Labor Secretary Kelly Schulz. “They know firsthand that apprenticeship creates a pipeline of qualified talent for Maryland job creators. That experience makes them natural spokespeople, who can champion apprenticeship throughout the state and help make registered apprenticeship available for all Marylanders in all industries and occupations.”
For their commitment, apprenticeship ambassadors receive special recognition from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, customized advice and counsel on navigating the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, the latest in apprenticeship news and emerging workforce trends, and valuable media exposure.
Since January 2015, the number of registered apprentices in Maryland has grown by nearly 20 percent to approximately 9,600.
Source: Apprenticeship Connections Newsletter – June 2018
Britta Vander Litten
Director of Partnerships and Program Development
Ph: 410-230-6242 or firstname.lastname@example.org