Franklin Apprenticeships Teams with the Maryland Department of Labor to Develop Digital Apprenticeship Programs

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Program Provides Highly Skilled, Long-Term Employees for Local Companies with Job Openings Left Vacant Due to Lack of Qualified Workers

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“The Maryland Department of Labor is pleased to collaborate with Franklin Apprenticeships to help IT businesses meet their future workforce needs,” said Acting Labor Secretary James E. Rzepkowski.

Franklin Apprenticeships, a firm dedicated to helping businesses solve skilled labor shortages, communities attract workforce talent, and individuals develop middle skills career pathways through apprenticeship, has partnered with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to provide local employers with a solution to their lack of qualified applicants in the IT arena – where the demand for tech workers is projected to be among the fastest growing.

The shortage of skilled tech workers has become a significant problem in Maryland as many business owners consider availability of candidates one of the most important workforce issue facing their business. To address this issue, Franklin Apprenticeships is bringing its Digital Apprenticeship program to Maryland.

The apprenticeship program provides high quality, long-term employees for the state’s employers. Recruitment, training, and dedicated, certified Success Coaches are included at no additional expense to employers. This proven workforce model results in an employee retention and growth strategy that assures longer term stability. Apprentices groomed under this framework are 5 times more likely to remain with the organization than the average hire.

Franklin Apprenticeships is initially delivering an IT Help Desk apprenticeship program with plans to expand to Network Engineer and Cyber Security Specialists.

"More and more, registered apprenticeship is being used in industries beyond the skilled building trades,” said Acting Labor Secretary James E. Rzepkowski. "The Maryland Department of Labor is pleased to collaborate with Franklin Apprenticeships to help IT businesses meet their future workforce needs for the occupations of IT Help Desk, Network Engineer and Cyber Security Specialists."

Employers realize the following benefits by participating in the Digital Apprenticeship program:

  • Build a motivated, skilled workforce
  • Attract a diverse pool of job-ready/career ready candidates
  • Gain assistance with proven onboarding and mentoring programs
  • Support resources to maximize completion and success rates
  • Impact organizational culture with committed, loyal employees

“Maryland’s business climate has been steadily improving, yet employers are challenged with a lack of qualified employees, which is a barrier to economic growth,” said Kimberly Nichols, CEO and Co- Founder, Franklin Apprenticeships. “In today’s IT sector, employers are rethinking the actual benefit of a four-year degree vs. a two-year degree, or a technical certification program. By leveraging apprenticeships as a cost-effective workforce, training, and education solution, we can help Maryland businesses of all sizes grow and thrive by helping them to develop their own pipeline of educated and skilled employees.

About Franklin Apprenticeships
Franklin Apprenticeships is igniting a movement. We offer the strategy, tools, and support network to help shape a re-imagined Apprenticeship system. Working in partnership with Educators, Businesses, Families, and Economic and Workforce Development Agencies, Franklin Apprenticeships is the first US-based firm dedicated solely to delivering on the promise for expansion of Apprenticeship Programs.

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