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Frederick County Manufacturing Workforce Partnership

February 17, 2015

MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP UTILIZES GRANT FUNDING TO TRAIN, HIRE AND PROMOTE JOB CANDIDATES IN FREDERICK COUNTY

A group of previously unemployed or underemployed residents of Frederick County have gained entry-level employment in the manufacturing industry, resulting from their successful participation in a grant-funded training program coordinated by the Manufacturing Workforce Partnership of Frederick County.

Representatives of this partnership, led by Wright Manufacturing, include local industry employers and partners, including Frederick Community College, Frederick County Workforce Services, and the Frederick County Office of Business Development and Retention, among others.

To meet the hiring needs of Frederick County’s growing manufacturing sector, the Manufacturing Workforce Partnership secured grant funding through EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) Maryland – one of the state’s workforce training initiatives.

"What's innovative about this program is starting with the employer and what their needs are and backing out into the targeted training, so people are prepared for the jobs that are open," said Elisabeth Sachs, program director for EARN Maryland at the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The initial phase of the training program in Frederick encompassed a 40-hour boot camp held at the Business and Employment Center that included manufacturing simulations, employability factors, math and reading skill review, and a tour of a local manufacturing facility. The program curriculum was written and facilitated by the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

At the conclusion of the training, participants were given an opportunity to interview with manufacturing industry employers and partners. Of the 16 participants, 100% successfully completed the training, and 75% have been hired into entry-level positions thus far.

The second phase of the training program is designed to prepare existing front-line employees within the manufacturing industry to move into management roles. This will encompass six months of training facilitated by Certified Achieve Global trainers.

To learn more about how to participate in a future boot camp, or about the EARN project in general, please contact Kelli Goetz, at 301.600.2255 or kgoetz@frederickcountymd.gov.