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Maryland Workforce Plan Intended To Build Worker Pipeline

Posted: Jul 20, 2018 10:34 AM Updated:

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday announced that the 2018 State Workforce Plan has been approved by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education.

According to the Governor's Office, the new plan includes updates on Maryland’s progress with implementing strategies first outlined in 2016 to build a steady pipeline of workers qualified with the skills employers need.

"Today's announcement affirms and furthers our diligent efforts to bolster Maryland's already-great workforce,” said Hogan. “The new State Workforce Plan is the product of an unprecedented level of collaboration between state and local agencies, and will provide our state with a blueprint for an integrated, industry-driven system that places our citizens at the heart of decision-making.”

The updated 2018 State Workforce Plan went into effect July 1 and builds on the partnerships represented in the 2016 plan.

The new plan adds three new programs: the Community Services Block Grant, the Unemployment Insurance Program and Senior Community Service Employment Program.

“We look forward to integrating our services into the Maryland workforce system. I’m confident that sharing resources and ideas will lead us to increase our support for businesses as well as job seekers,” said DHCD Secretary Kenneth C. Holt.

“Working across agencies to support shared customers is a common sense approach to workforce development that allows us to maximize resources and streamline activities,” said State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon. “We are proud of the progress made by working with the Department of Labor and Department of Human Services over the past two years, and look forward to building on our successes with new plan partners.”

“The workforce plan maximizes state resources to support Marylanders who face barriers to accessing training and employment opportunities,” said Secretary Lourdes Padilla of the Department of Human Services.

To help people with accessing industry credentials and work opportunities as part of the workforce plan, Governor Hogan granted nearly $1 million in federal workforce funds to local organizations that will implement innovative demonstration projects with a consortium of local partners, including local workforce development boards, employers, and community colleges.

Additionally, to support ex-offenders in successful reentry to the workforce upon release, the state is also hiring five re-entry navigators who will work within prisons and American Job Centers.

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