Youth Apprentice Program

"The Youth Apprenticeship Maryland pilot program in Frederick County is an important and exciting new avenue for investment in the skills and talent of the next generation of Frederick County workers," said Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz [2016].

Frederick County Youth Apprenticeship Pilot Program

FCPS was selected as one of two counties in Maryland to pilot the Maryland Youth Apprenticeship "Earn and Learn" Program. Participating students work during the summer after the junior year and during the senior year in a state-approved industry. They work with a mentor to learn valuable skills and earn industry credentials and high school credit.

The program is a partnership between the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Department of Commerce, FCPS, community educational and business partners, and area employers. FCPS takes the lead in coordinating student placements.

The program requires that eligible employers hire Apprenticeship Maryland participants in eligible career track occupations in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and manufacturing. Student apprentices are provided paid compensation through “earn and learn” opportunities.

Students also receive training in employability skills, interpersonal/social skills and general knowledge of the world of work.


What are Maryland Youth Apprenticeships? An apprenticeship is an industry-driven program that provides students the opportunity to “earn and learn.” A Youth Apprentice participating in this program receives supervised, structured, on-the-job training from a mentor in a specific STEM-related occupation within the following industries:

  • Environmental, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
  • Business Management and Finance
  • Construction and Develoopment
  • Health and Bio Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology

Youth Apprentice ProgramStudents work a minimum of 450 hours with a certified employer while also receiving related educational training at their high school or the FCPS Career and Technology Center. Students have an opportunity to apply through their school's Work Based Learning Coordinator (Adobe PDF File, opens in new window).

Interested Employers

Through Apprenticeship Maryland (opens in new window) you are able to build a work force that meets your specific skill needs. Through on-the-job training learning and related classroom instruction, apprentices acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become experts in your field. Apprenticeship Navigators work with you to create a customized training plan that meets your company’s needs.

What is required?

The eligible employer agrees to:

  • Complete the Eligible Employer Application and receive approval from DLLR,
  • Employ the youth apprentice for at least 450 hours within a specified period (not to exceed 14 months);
  • Develop a training plan for the apprentice.
  • Instruct the youth apprentice in the required competencies provided for this program;
  • Provide a mentor for a youth apprentice,
  • Authorize the mentor to complete quarterly progress reviews
  • Pay the youth apprentice for all work performed during the program at no less than minimum wage;
  • Comply with applicable child labor and employment of minors laws with regard to number of hours worked, prohibited occupations and equipment, and time of day employment for youth apprentices;
  • Provide safety instruction in work practices; and
  • Provide safe equipment and facilities in compliance with OSHA requirements

To find out more, interested employers should contact Jeff Smith at (410) 767-0227.