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Title: Veterans, ex-offenders and low income participants to learn skilled trades

Construction and welding apprentices prepped through training grant 

A new Baltimore County training program will prepare workers for apprenticeship programs in high-demand construction and welding careers. The program focuses on participation by veterans, ex-offenders, low literacy and low income individuals and people with disabilities. The core training prepares welding workers, highway maintenance workers, pipe layers, construction equipment operators, electricians, carpenters, and masons.

Baltimore County’s American Job Centers in Randallstown, Hunt Valley and Eastpoint will identify job seekers who can benefit from the training and want to pursue a registered apprentice program in construction careers.  The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) will provide the training.

“Baltimore County’s workforce development programs are laser-focused on matching motivated workers with jobs. There is high demand for workers in heavy construction. This program offers a new career pathway for individuals looking for a fresh start,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.  

First year Registered Apprentices average $15.00 per hour in wages. All participants completing the training will obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate of completion.

Training is funded through a $184,400 grant to the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, through the Highway or Capital Transition Construction Skills competitive grants process.

The grant will be presented to the Baltimore County Council for discussion at its work session January 31. 


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Revised September 26, 2016