Filling Critical Positions and Increasing Workforce Diversity Through Registered Apprenticeships

In 2017, the Maryland Department of Labor announced the launch of the state’s first competency-based registered apprenticeship program. Sponsored by the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (BACH, see sidebar), the apprenticeship program trains apprentices to fill roles as environmental care supervisors at two Baltimore hospitals, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Community College of Baltimore County partners with the hospitals to provide classroom training for apprentices, who also receive intensive on-the-job training working on a daily basis with individual mentors.