The Maryland State Department of Education released a video this week featuring Frederick County Public Schools’ participation in the Youth Apprenticeship Maryland program. A collaborative effort with the Maryland Department of Labor and local employers, the program provides opportunities for students to “learn while they earn” and for employers to help grow the work force. The new video is posted online at https://youtu.be/0Nk7v8KGjJI.
Youth Apprenticeship Maryland provides high school juniors and seniors with academic and occupational skills leading to a high school diploma and a State Skill Certificate. Frederick and Washington counties, both featured in the video, received grant funding in 2016 to pilot the program. Since then Kent County has also joined the program and is included in the video.
Apprenticeships give Maryland businesses a unique opportunity to train, influence and shape high school students into top-performing employees. Eligible employers may hire Youth Apprenticeship Maryland participants in career-track occupations in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and manufacturing fields.
In addition to paid compensation, students typically earn two credits for each semester that they work as an apprentice for two 90-minute periods of a high school day. Valuable training in employability skills, interpersonal/social skills and general knowledge of the world of work add to their skills. They also receive Maryland Department of Labor certificates for successful completion of 450 hours of on-the-job training.
To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.fcps.org/academics/apprentice-program. Employers may apply to participate at: http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/EligibleEmployer.