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Transcript of Maryland Apprenticeship 2.0 - Training that Works: Employers Video– Apprenticeship Act - Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP)

Timothy Bojanowski- Principal, Zest Social Media Solutions:
Our experience with the registered apprenticeship program up to this point has been simply remarkable. We are really only expecting to be profitable on our staff  in years two and years three, so if this staff is leaving for different geography or different part of the business only a year after they’ve been hired that really does present a substantial financial liability for us as a company. The registered apprenticeship program offered a different vantage point as far as the mindset for that for that. It created the opportunity for staff to really come in and invest into our company which we are investing into them to build the skills and build the opportunity to be with us long term.

Kimberly Neal- TranZed:
TranZed apprenticeships services is proud to be Maryland’s first registered apprenticeship program that offers apprenticeship opportunities and occupations outside of the skill trades. Our apprenticeships can really benefit anyone who is 18 or older. The businesses in these emerging technologies are excited for the young talent right out of high school but by the same token someone who is more experienced and older in a particular industry may want to sharpen their skills and learn some of the new tracks that are available in IT, digital media, and cyber security.

Jason Roberts- Education Director, Associated Builders & Contractors Metro Washington:
We used to refer to on the job training (OJT). Today it’s more of an on the job learning opportunity. With the apprentice learning everything about the job site, not just what he’s doing. They teach you how to put up a 2x4 wall in minutes and “I want you to build it that way every single time,” but you truly don’t know why.  And so in the classroom we get the opportunity to explain why and they utilize that skill set. So the apprentice is ultimately the success story, but the companies and the employers are the ones that at the end of the day become very successful when they have a very well trained workforce.

Charles “Pete” Meeks Jr.- President, Delaware Elevator:
You get to see how a tool is used, how a process is managed, how to become a journeyman and be able to perform this task safely and efficiently and increase productivity at the same time. The industries have to participate. Manufacturers and contractors need to participate. But most importantly, we need to also get the word out there  to educators and parents of children so that they know about apprenticeship and some of the things we’re doing with apprenticeship. Some of the industries are very high tech, the salaries, the wages are very high.  We need to have another career path for some children- not just college, not just the military- but let them know and get the word out about all these training programs at the middle school level, at the junior high school level.

Eric Shatzer- President/CEO, Hawkins Electric Service Inc.:
So we’ve been involved with the IEC apprenticeship program for 25 years.  We’ve trained lots of apprentices though the program. It brings great value in that the apprentices come out of school and they understand what they’re doing and they are safer electricians. That’s really and that’s really big in our industry- safety and knowledge about what you’re doing. You learn how to estimate. You can learn how to project manage. You can learn how to purchase and buy material. You can learn how to do CAD and BIM. There are so many avenues that you can take.  You can start as an apprentice and end up as president and CEO of your own company.

For additional information, contact:
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program

1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 209
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-2246
Fax: 410-333-5162