SHA On-the-Job Training Program Open for Applications Today


Interested applicants can apply for program at DLLR One Stop Centers

BuildUp program to provide 150 jobseekers with on-the-job training in transportation field

Applications will be accepted through January 15

BALTIMORE, MD (December 19, 2011) - The Maryland Department of Labor (DLLR) is partnering with the Maryland State Highway Administration to encourage participation in SHA's BuildUp program - a new training program for disadvantaged Marylanders. The program gives jobseekers the essential skills needed to compete for jobs in the transportation field. The BuildUp training program will provide on-the-job training for 150 individuals over the next year for transportation careers in one of three primary tracks: construction craft skills, Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) systems and accredited CDL (commercial driving license) preparation.

"I am proud that DLLR is partnering with SHA to raise awareness about new opportunities to earn and learn," said Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. "Maryland is positioned to recover from the national economic downturn more quickly than other states. But in order to win the future, we must equip all Maryland workers with the skills to compete in the New Economy. The BuildUp initiative will go a long way to complement our ongoing efforts to build the nation's strongest, most skilled and best educated workforce pipeline."

The first phase of BuildUp, which began accepting applications last week, is targeted at jobseekers in the Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan Areas. Applications can be downloaded on SHA's website . All One Stop Career Centers in the Baltimore and Washington Regions will provide jobseekers with access to computer labs, assist interested individuals with completing the application form, and forward applications to SHA.

"Our local workforce investment areas and DLLR's 35 One Stops are excited to work with SHA to make BuildUp a model for workforce development," said DLLR Assistant Secretary for Workforce Development and Adult Learning Paulette Francois. "We support skills training across the state and applaud SHA for developing and championing a program that will help give 150 Marylanders a better chance to compete in the New Economy."

"We are taking another step forward to creating more jobs and expanding opportunity for more Marylanders," said Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley. "The BuildUp program invests in people and provides them with essential job skills to be competitive in today's market. This program is a win/win initiative because it provides our transportation field with qualified, skilled individuals while creating and saving jobs for our families."

DLLR supports a variety of workforce training initiatives, including a statewide on-the-job training (OJT) program. DLLR received a $2 million federal Recovery Act grant to launch the OJT initiative. Through the grant, employers who provide dislocated workers with the opportunity to "earn and learn" can receive partial reimbursement to offset the costs of training new workers. As of last month, 71 Marylanders had found work through DLLR's OJT initiative.

Additional information on the SHA BuildUp program can be found on their website. Interested jobseekers can also apply to participate in the program at any of DLLR's 35 One Stop Employment Centers. Applications must be submitted by January 15.

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