Workforce development makes strides with EARN

Employment Advancement Right Now Maryland, or EARN, is an industry-led workforce development grant program whose aim is to help businesses prepare skilled future employees—ensuring they have the talent they need to be competitive and grow.

This industry-driven initiative focuses on fostering Maryland’s competitive business climate by making sure the talent-pipeline continues to prosper and our state’s economy evolves in a sustainable form.

“A recent study found that for every dollar the state invests in the program, an additional $18.97 in economic activity is created,” reported the Department of Labor.

And another $4 million has been added to its funding for cyber and green training in the 2018 and 2019 fiscal year.

EARN creates partnerships that benefit each party involved, furthermore, it creates a system that trains and excels Maryland’s workforce, while also keeping that workforce in state. Right now, 58 of those partnerships exist across the state in a diverse range of industries including: health care, construction, hospitality, cyber security, and more.

“Investing in and expanding this nationally-recognized initiative is a common sense way to ensure Maryland employers have the talent they need to thrive, while providing meaningful training opportunities for our citizens,” said Governor Larry Hogan.

 

EARN is now accepting implementation grant proposals, due June 29th, 2018. Awards will be made by the end of August. Learn more at www.dllr.maryland.gov/earn/.

 

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