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Governor Larry Hogan Announces 2018 State Workforce Plan Approved by Federal Partners

Supports Maryland Employers and Jobseekers Through Innovations and Partnerships

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the 2018 State Workforce Plan has been approved by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. The new plan, which went into effect on July 1, includes updates on Maryland’s progress with implementing strategies first outlined in 2016 to build a steady pipeline of talented workers qualified with the skills employers need. The plan will also expand access to opportunities for Marylanders who need them the most and calls on agencies to break down silos and work together to implement innovative approaches.

“Today’s announcement affirms and furthers our diligent efforts to bolster Maryland’s already-great workforce,” said Governor 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 builds on the partnerships represented in the 2016 plan and adds three new programs: the Community Services Block Grant, overseen by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD); and the Unemployment Insurance Program and Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), both administered by the Maryland Department of Labor. The inclusion of these new partner programs enhances the workforce system’s effectiveness in delivering coordinated, integrated services that move Marylanders into good jobs and career pathways.

“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.

Underpinning all aspects of the 2018 plan is the ongoing implementation of the Benchmarks of Success for Maryland’s Workforce System. The Benchmarks of Success serve as a unifying framework within which partner agencies collaboratively focus resources and services on initiatives that increase the earning capacity of Marylanders. The vision, strategic goals, and measurable benchmarks that comprise the Benchmarks of Success will continue to drive Maryland’s workforce system to maximize access to employment, skills and credentialing, life management skills, and supportive services.

“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 strategies outlined in the plan offer an effective means to support the business community in meeting their talent needs to remain competitive in today’s global economy.

“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 assist residents 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 reentry navigators who will work within prisons and American Job Centers. Both endeavors will allow the state to further support vulnerable families across Maryland in their path towards self-sufficiency.

“We are proud of the work this plan represents,” said Secretary Kelly M. Schulz of the Maryland Department of Labor. “The strong partnerships, shared vision, and innovative ideas contained in the 2018 State Workforce Plan will serve as a strong foundation for the continued success of Maryland’s workforce system.”

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