Workforce Assistance Programs
Our productive, dedicated, and well-rounded regional workforce of 400,000 has made the county a choice location for manufacturers, financial services, and distribution companies. This existing workforce provides an incredible opportunity to new businesses and those looking to expand, as a highly-educated and skilled workforce lives right here in our own backyard.
Over 12% of our workforce is involved in manufacturing activities— more than twice the average for the State of Maryland. Government, business, and community organizations partner together to continue to diversify the local economy. As a result, transportation and logistics, science and technology, hospitality and tourism, and financial services have a growing presence in our key industry sectors.
PWQ provides matching skill upgrade training grants and support services targeted to improve the competitive position of small and midsize manufacturing and technology companies. PWQ grants are used to increase the skill of existing workers for new technologies and production processes, improve employee productivity, and increase industry employment stability. PWQ matching grants are made directly to companies as well as through a number of manufacturing, software industry, and ISO 9000 consortia programs working in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Commerce.
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 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.
- Employers and other potential Partner Organizations – For information regarding how to become involved in an EARN Maryland Partnership, please contact email@example.com.
- Individual Jobseekers – for specific questions about any of the EARN Maryland Partnerships and their training opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let the Western Maryland Consortium be a resource for your business when looking to fill job openings. They can assist you with the challenges of finding qualified candidates for the positions that you are hiring for. They also offer the possibility of helping to offset the costs associated with training a new employee, as well as other free services. The WMC may just be the “missing piece” to assist you with the needs of your business!
On-the-Job Training Program
- Assists employers with the costs of training new employees by reimbursing 50% of an eligible new hire’s wage for the first few months of employment
- Eligible youth trainees qualify for 75% reimbursement of their training wage
- The business hires and trains the employee, the Consortium provides the monthly reimbursement check directly to the business
- This program is limited to full-time positions (32+ hours per week)
- Reverse Referral – the employer can refer an applicant to us to see if they meet eligibility requirements to participate in the program.
- When an employer is training their existing workforce to avert potential layoffs of employees or to increase the skill levels of employees so they can be promoted and create backfill opportunities for the business, we can offer reimbursement of training expenses
- -75% of the cost is reimbursed to employers with 50 or fewer employees
- -60% of the cost is reimbursed to employers with 51 to 100 employees
- -50% of the cost is reimbursed to employers with 100+ employees
- A maximum of $1,000 per trained worker can be reimbursed to the employer under this policy
- Provides both employees and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce
With a substantial initial investment of $500,000 in business engagement funds, the Maryland Department of Labor is eager to partner with Maryland’s businesses to support employer strategies for retention, growth and, expansion. This project requires a dollar-for-dollar match by the employer, which allows for an overall investment of $1 million in incumbent worker training.
Training funds can be used to upgrade the skills of current employees while also creating opportunities for new hires in in-demand occupations and skills. Participants completing the program will gain transferable skills or industry-recognized certifications or credentials, leading to potential career growth and increased wages. Projects will be industry-focused and employer-based, targeting small business, particularly at the local level.
Contact the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning at 410-767-2173 or DLWDALbusinessservicesemail@example.com for more information.
ACT Work Ready Communities help states, regions, and counties drive economic growth through the attainment of the ACT WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®), a portable skills credential recognized by employers across the country. An NCRC is earned by achieving qualifying scores on three WorkKeys Assessments: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents.
Work Keys Video Link: https://youtu.be/cKhpRy6hTLk