BALTIMORE — The U.S. Department of Labor has given the state of Maryland a $6 million grant to help enhance and expand apprenticeship programs.

The federal funds are going to the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP).

“Maryland is a national leader in workforce development, job training, and apprenticeships, and it is critical that we continue to invest in the future of our skilled workforce,” said Gov. Larry Hogan in a statement. “As our state and nation continue our economic recovery, this federal grant award will help Maryland continue to grow a steady pipeline of talented, well-trained workers to meet the increasing demand for essential skilled jobs.”

With the new federal grant, Maryland has secured $13 million since 2016 to expand the apprenticeship program. The state has 11,000 apprentices working in various trades and fields through the program.

“Even in the midst of the challenges facing our state during COVID-19, Maryland’s apprenticeship program has remained a vibrant part of our workforce system,” said Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson. “This record funding for a single award will enable our team to continue expanding the reach and improving the quality of the state’s programs, while also supporting the evolving needs of our businesses and Marylanders seeking career opportunities.”

The federal money will be used to create incentives to help employers with the costs of working with and training apprentices as well as work more with community colleges and to increase marketing of the workforce opportunities.

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