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State Announces Initial Grant Funding for EARN Maryland Workforce Training Initiative
Business-led initiative is designed to ensure Maryland employers have the talent they need to compete
BALTIMORE, MD (December 30, 2013) - Today, Leonard Howie, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) announced
the recipients of EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) Maryland Planning Grants. These grants mark the first funds awarded under the new state-funded
competitive workforce and economic development grant initiative, which took effect in June, 2013.
EARN Maryland, managed by DLLR, is a first-of-its-kind state skills training and economic development initiative that is business-led, flexible and
collaborative. EARN Maryland is designed to ensure that Maryland employers have the talent they need to compete and grow while providing targeted education
and skills training to Maryland workers.
"There is no progress without a job. By awarding today's state-funded Planning Grants to these selected strategic partnerships, we're moving our State
forward and helping more Marylanders get the skills they need to qualify for Maryland's most in-demand jobs. Working together, these EARN planning grants
will provide industry-specific, state-of-the-art training for high-demand occupations," said Governor O'Malley.
"The 29 emerging Strategic Industry Partnerships awarded EARN Planning Grants today represent a diversity of industries, regions, partner organizations,
and target populations as rich as the state of Maryland," said Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Leonard
"Maryland MEP is proud to be a part of such an exciting opportunity for Maryland manufacturers to potentially change the workforce landscape in our
state. We're excited that EARN Maryland is giving industry a voice and engaging manufacturers from around the state to shape the workforce programs of
the future," said partnership grant recipient Brian Sweeney, Director of the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership
To ensure the most robust, industry- and data-driven training plans, as well as the most efficient and effective use of State funds, the $4.5 million
in State funding for the EARN Maryland program for FY 2014 will be distributed in a two-phase competitive process: Planning Grants and Implementation
- Planning Grants, awarded today, provide modest seed funding to allow emerging partnerships to analyze their respective workforce needs in
detail, expand their partnerships by adding additional members, and develop the best possible Workforce Training Plans to close skills gaps, grow our
economy, and increase employment opportunities for Marylanders.
- Implementation Grants, to be awarded in June of 2014, will fund worker training in the skills that employers demand, from the training
provider best able to meet industry-identified needs. The Solicitation for Implementation Grants will be released in January 2014, with Proposals -
finalized Workforce Training Plans - due by March 31, 2014.
The average Planning Grant award amount is $22,000.
EARN Maryland is based on a successful national model. Among similar initiatives around the country, this approach led to skills advancement, career
building opportunities and increased wages. Sector strategies are among the few interventions with a growing body of evidence showing improved employment
opportunities and wages for workers as well as increased productivity and other positive outcomes for employers. An estimated 1,000 regional sector
partnerships are operating across the country. More than 25 states are exploring or implementing sector strategies as a way to address industry needs
through education and training initiatives.
DLLR will host a statewide Pre-Proposal Conference open to any potential EARN Maryland Implementation Grant applicant. The Conference will take
place at 1 PM on January 31, 2014. The Implementation Grant pre-Proposal Conference will now be a webinar from 1PM – 3PM. Please see above to
The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers,
protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of
Maryland's dynamic economy. For updates and information, follow DLLR on
(@MD_DLLR), Facebook and visit our
website . Get more information on EARN Maryland.
EARN Maryland Planning Grant Awardees 2013-2014
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What is EARN Maryland?
EARN Maryland is a new state-funded, competitive workforce development grant program that is industry-led,
regional in focus and a proven strategy for helping businesses cultivate the skilled workforce they need to compete.
It is flexible and innovative, designed to ensure that Maryland employers have the talent they need to compete and
grow in an ever-changing 21st century economy.
EARN Maryland aims to:
- Address the demands of businesses by focusing intensively on the workforce needs of a specific industry
sector over a sustained period.
- Address the needs of workers by creating formal career paths to good jobs, reducing barriers to employment,
and sustaining or growing middle class jobs.
- Encourage mobility for Maryland's most hard-to-serve jobseekers through job readiness training that may
include GED preparation, occupational skills development, literacy advancement, and transportation and child
How Does It Work?
EARN Maryland invests in strategic industry partnerships from key economic sectors in every region. These
partnerships will use the power of coordination across education, workforce and economic development initiatives
to address the multiple needs of companies, starting with the training of skilled workers. Once formed, the
partnerships will develop plans to train and educate workers - and place them in meaningful employment.
Check out our EARN Maryland Resource Page
“EARN Maryland is industry led, endorsed by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and is a proven strategy
for providing Maryland’s employers with skilled workers. In Massachusetts, 100 percent of the
employers participating in a similar industry-led initiative said that participation in a partnership
like EARN Maryland--was indeed valuable. EARN Maryland’s strategic industry partnerships are also a
proven strategy for workers. Among similar initiatives around the country, this approach led to
skills advancement, career building opportunities and increased wages.”
---Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Leonard J. Howie III on EARN
Maryland June 12, 2013.
EARN Maryland in the News:
- DLLR opens to second round of EARN grant proposals - Star Democrat, February 4, 2014
- State to Begin Taking Applications for EARN Maryland Implementation Grants - January 30, 2014
- Putting employers in the driver's seat
for job training - December 29, 2013 by Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun
- Top Trends in State Economic
Development - National Governors Association (PDF document,
download Adobe Acrobat for free)
in Dundalk to Highlight EARN Job - WBFF-TV, FoxBaltimore, September 23, 2013
- Governor Martin O'Malley Highlights 100 Percent Jobs Recovery and EARN Maryland Workforce
Training Initiative - September 23, 2013
job base returns to pre-recession levels -
September 20, 2013 by Jamie Smith Hopkins, The
not building return of construction, manufacturing
jobs - June 16, 2013 by Alexander Pyles, Daily
Record Business Writer, The Daily Record
touts new job-training initiative during manufacturing
company visit - Washington Post, June 12,
Martin O’Malley Highlights EARN Job Training Initiative
- June 12, 2013
Martin O'Malleys Remarks as prepared for delivery
for Md. workforce training program unites business
and workers - MarylandReporter.com, April
And for more information and questions about EARN Maryland, please email our EARN Maryland Specialist