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What is EARN Maryland?
EARN 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 that may
include GED preparation, occupational skills development, literacy advancement, and transportation and child
How Does It Work?
EARN 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.
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“EARN Maryland is industry led, endorsed by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and is a proven strategy
for providing Maryland’s employers with skilled workers. In Massachusetts, 100 percent of the
employers participating in a similar industry-led initiative said that participation in a partnership
like EARN Maryland--was indeed valuable. EARN Maryland’s strategic industry partnerships are also a
proven strategy for workers. Among similar initiatives around the country, this approach led to
skills advancement, career building opportunities and increased wages.”
---Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Leonard J. Howie III on EARN
Maryland June 12, 2013.
EARN Maryland in the News:
Trends in State Economic Development - National Governors Association (PDF document,
download Adobe Acrobat for free)
in Dundalk to Highlight EARN Job - WBFF-TV, FoxBaltimore, September 23, 2013
- Governor Martin O'Malley Highlights 100 Percent Jobs Recovery and EARN Maryland Workforce
Training Initiative - September 23, 2013
job base returns to pre-recession levels -
September 20, 2013 by Jamie Smith Hopkins, The
not building return of construction, manufacturing
jobs - June 16, 2013 by Alexander Pyles, Daily
Record Business Writer, The Daily Record
touts new job-training initiative during manufacturing
company visit - Washington Post, June 12,
Martin O’Malley Highlights EARN Job Training Initiative
- June 12, 2013
Martin O'Malleys Remarks as prepared for delivery
for Md. workforce training program unites business
and workers - MarylandReporter.com, April
And for more information and questions about EARN Maryland, please email our EARN Maryland Specialist