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Apprenticeship Maryland

Do you want to enter the workforce while still in high school? Do you want to work with a mentor in a specific career field? Do you want to get a jumpstart into an existing registered apprenticeship program?

Apprenticeship Maryland is a graduation pathway for seniors, who are interested in employment and further education in a career pathway. Students participating in the Apprenticeship Maryland Academy will earn a salary while learning valuable and marketable industry skills. The program includes a combination of on-the-job training and one year of industry related classroom instruction.

Current Available Positions

Students interview with Maryland Department of Labor (DOL) approved employers for an opportunity to participate in a paid supervised, structured, on-the-job training program.

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Benefits of the Program

Students will:

  • Enter the workforce while still in high school
  • Earn a salary
  • Gain marketable industry skills
  • Be assigned a highly skilled mentor
  • Receive a State Skill Certificate from the Maryland Department of Labor

Successful Academy Students:

Students must:

  • Work a minimum of 450 hours (20 + hours a week)
  • Complete one year of related classroom instruction
  • Provide own transportation to work-site
  • Have driver’s license when required by employer

Below is a suggested high school course schedule for students interested in Apprenticeship Maryland
Grade Level Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7
Ninth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fitness & Health required Technology Education required Fine Arts available
Tenth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fine Arts Elective available Elective available
Eleventh Grade English required Mathematics required Chemistry Social Studies required Elective available Elective available Elective available
Twelfth Grade English required Mathematics required Apprenticeship I Industry Instruction (1 credit) Apprenticeship II Work-Based Learning (3 credits) Released Time

For Students - Frequently Asked Questions

Are there deadlines for completing the student application

Complete application packets are due by March 1,2024. However, it is recommended that students complete the application during the course registration process. If the student is not selected for a position, they may interview with other eligible employers.

Is the program only for students who want to go directly in the workforce?

Apprenticeship Maryland allows students to “earn while they learn”. The program is intended for students who may want to remain in the Howard County area and continue working within the industry.

Do students need a work permit?

Yes, the placements follow all Maryland Department of Labor requirements.

Are the hour requirements flexible?

Apprenticeship Maryland requires the student to complete 450 hours before graduation to earn the Maryland Department of Labor State Skill Certificate.

How do the hours fit into the school day?

It is individualized for each student depending upon work schedules. Students may begin their day at work and take required classes in the afternoon or evening (i.e. English and Math). The 450 hours is a minimum requirement as well as year-long related coursework.

What jobs are available?

Employers are approved by the Maryland Department of Labor and will be posted on the Apprenticeship Maryland Career Academies website as they become eligible.

Where can I find more information?

For Businesses - Frequently Asked Questions about the Apprenticeship Maryland Program

What is Apprenticeship Maryland?

Apprenticeship Maryland is a State-wide program that gives your business the unique opportunity to train, influence and shape high school students into top-performing employees who are invested in your business.

Why should our business participate in Apprenticeship Maryland?

Participating in Apprenticeship Maryland is an investment in your business. Apprenticeships are a great way to develop a pipeline of talented, high-skilled workers to help businesses grow.

How can my business become involved with Apprenticeship Maryland?

Businesses need to complete the Eligible Employer Application which is reviewed and approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Council (MATC). Once a business is approved, the Apprenticeship Maryland coordinator will identify interested students and connect them with the employer. The employer will work with the Apprenticeship Maryland coordinator to schedule and conduct interviews with candidates. Employers make selection of candidates based on their hiring criteria. Once an offer of employment is made, the Apprenticeship Maryland Training Agreement is signed with all parties.

Businesses must agree to the following:

  • Commit to employing and training a student apprentice throughout the school year for at least 450 hours.
  • Provide a qualified mentor to work with the student apprentice throughout the program.
  • Sign the Apprenticeship Maryland Training Agreement.
  • Pay the student apprentice per the minimum wage laws and exemptions.
  • Conduct periodic and regular performance evaluations of the student apprentice.
  • Provide safety instruction and a safe work environment.
  • Anticipate future entry-level job openings.

Where can I find more information?

Businesses interested in participating should complete the Eligible Employer application