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Hogan Administration Celebrates Apprenticeship Week

(November 2, 2015) – Governor Larry Hogan today issued a proclamation announcing the week of November 2-8, 2015 as Apprenticeship Week in Maryland to promote and expand apprenticeships while highlighting the benefits for local business, the community and the economy.The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) will participate in several events to commemorate the week including a Kick-off Celebration on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Independent Electrical Contractors Association-Chesapeake Chapter, located at 8751 Freestate Drive, Suite 250 in Laurel, MD where Secretary Kelly M. Schulz will be the keynote speaker.

"Apprenticeships are beneficial to employers because they afford them the opportunity to cultivate the talent needed to expand and maintain Maryland's highly-skilled workforce," said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. "Marylanders also benefit from apprenticeships because they create an opportunity for mobility by building a direct pathway to a new career."

Maryland Apprenticeship and Training is part of the DLLR's Division of Labor and Industry and is responsible for registering and regulating the state approved apprenticeship programs in Maryland. The agency also participates in the Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Committee enacted by Maryland’s General Assembly to evaluate the effectiveness of existing local, national and international high school youth apprenticeship programs and review and identify ways to implement a new high school youth apprenticeship program in Maryland. In addition, DLLR, along with partners at the Maryland State Board of Education and the Department of Commerce are working collaboratively to develop Apprenticeship Maryland, a high school based Youth Apprenticeship pilot program.

The week coincides with National Apprenticeship Week which focuses on the endeavor to increase the number of apprenticeships across the country.

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) is committed to safeguarding and protecting Marylanders. We're proud to support the economic stability of the state by providing businesses, the workforce and the consuming public with high quality customer-focused regulatory, employment and training services. For updates and information, follow DLLR on Twitter (@MD_DLLR), Facebook and visit our website.