Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during a March 23 press briefing in Annapolis to give an update on the state response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy of the governor's office)
**FILE** Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during a March 23 press briefing in Annapolis to give an update on the state response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy of the governor's office)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that the state’s Apprenticeship and Training Council has approved more than two dozen new registered apprenticeship programs since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

The 27 apprenticeships are expanding opportunities for job seekers by connecting them with high-wage jobs in traditional and non-traditional industries while supporting the workforce needs of local businesses, Hogan said.

“As we move forward with our recovery from COVID-19, it is critical for us to continue our focus on investing in a well-trained, highly-skilled workforce in order to rebuild our economy and ensure a sustainable future,” the Republican governor said in a statement. “Maryland is nationally recognized for our programs on workforce development, job training, and registered apprenticeships, and I want to thank the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council for helping us continue to lead the way.”

Apprenticeships are full-time careers that include on-the-job training and classroom instruction that allow apprentices to earn while they learn, according to the release. Anyone 18 or older can be a registered apprentice, while high school students can pursue youth apprenticeships.

Since the beginning of the Hogan administration, 95 new apprenticeship programs have been approved, according to the governor’s office.

“Despite being faced with many challenges due to COVID-19, the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council quickly adapted by transitioning to virtual instruction and modernizing programs to ensure that the state’s nearly 11,000 apprentices could continue earning and learning in a safe environment,” said Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson.

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