Education & Workforce Development
Our policy focus on education and workforce development issues for Maryland
Our focus: Education & Workforce
We support an educational and vocational ecosystem focused on developing, retaining, and attracting a more globally competitive workforce. We believe in strategies that seamlessly link education and workforce development and embed skills-based learning into academic instruction.
Key Issues Include
- Skills development
- Talent pipeline
- Entrepreneur development
Related Policy Priorities & Anticipated Issues for 2024
- Apprenticeship and Intern Tax Credits and Reform: Expand the pool of apprenticeship and career technical education opportunities for the next generation of workers, while also simplifying the process to apply for a credit. We also support the recruitment and retention of skilled trades to meet current and future workforce demands for transportation and infrastructure upgrades.
- Apprenticeship Statutory Definition: Expand the definition of a qualifying apprenticeship to capture a greater segment of the work training population and increase the number of employers who can access apprenticeship related incentive programs. We also support increasing the ratio of apprentices per regularly employed journeyperson in non-building trades, which is currently one journeyperson to one apprentice.
- Second Chance Employment: Expand educational attainment for current and formerly incarcerated Marylanders and individuals in the addiction recovery community, while protecting employers from liability associated with hiring.
All 2024 Legislative Priorities & Critical Issues
Get an in-depth look at the pressing issues and legislative priorities we've identified for the 2024 Legislative Session.
Join our Education & Workforce Development Policy Committee
Our Education & Workforce Development policy committee covers issues addressing both education and workforce development, with a focus on issues that help students access quality, affordable training for college and careers while building a pipeline of qualified workers. This committee meets during the Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session as needed. Meetings are held remotely via video conferencing.
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- Maryland Higher Education Commission — Postsecondary education data, policy and planning
- Maryland Department of Labor — Workforce development programs and data
- Maryland State Department of Education — K-12 policies, statistics and assessments
- Maryland Workforce Expressway
- Maryland Association of Community Colleges — Policy advocacy and resources
- Maryland Independent College and University Association — Policy, research and data
- Maryland Workforce Association