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EARN Maryland - Industry-Led Partnerships, Bridging Maryland.s Skills Gap, Driving Growth

Solicitation for Implementation Grant Proposals Winter 2017

If you have additional questions regarding EARN Maryland, please contact Mary Keller at 410-767-2017.

“By supporting EARN and other innovative programs that address regional workforce needs, our administration remains committed to ensuring Maryland employers have the talent they need to compete in and contribute to Maryland’s growing economy.” Governor Larry Hogan, April 21, 2016

What is EARN Maryland?

Trainees participating in an EARN program for constructionEARN 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 aims to

  • Address the demands of businesses by focusing intensively on the workforce needs of a specific industry sector over a sustained period.
  • Address the needs of workers by creating formal career paths to good jobs, reducing barriers to employment, and sustaining or growing middle class jobs.
  • Encourage mobility for Maryland's most hard-to-serve jobseekers through job readiness training which may include GED® preparation, occupational skills development, literacy advancement, and transportation and child care components.

How Does EARN Maryland Work?

Secretary Kelly Schulz visits an EARN training locationEARN 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.

Get Involved!

  • Employers and other potential Partner Organizations – For information regarding how to become involved in an EARN Maryland Partnership, please contact Mary Keller at 410-767-2017.

  • Individual jobseekers – for specific questions about any of the EARN Maryland Partnerships and their training opportunities, please contact Mary Keller or 410-767-2017.

Benefits to EARN Maryland's Approach to Workforce Development

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