Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Talbot County Public Schools Maryland Youth Apprenticeship program is a collaborative effort with the Maryland Department of Labor and local employers. The program is designed to provide opportunities for students to "learn while they earn".

Overview

The Talbot County Youth Apprenticeship program is a partnership with local employers and the Maryland Department of Labor that gives students the opportunity to “earn while they learn!” Juniors and seniors are eligible to work in career track occupations while provided fair compensation. Upon completion of the program, students will earn four high school credits. Businesses can hire and mentor their future employers by developing the in-demand skills needed for their industries!

For Businesses

  •  Build your workforce. Youth apprenticeship trains workers in the specific skills needed by your company. Students complete at least 450 hours of on the job training under a mentor along with any classroom/training experiences your industry requires.
  • Connect to the talent of the future. Youth apprenticeships are a great way to develop a pipeline of talented, high-skilled workers to help your business grow.
  • Contribute to your bottom line. You will see a noticeable contribution to your bottom line through these highly productive and motivated employees.
  • Make your workplace safer. A well-trained workforce may reduce worker compensation costs.
  • Plan for employee succession. Youth apprenticeships help you successfully facilitate the transfer of knowledge from experienced employees to new recruits.

Businesses interested in mentoring a youth apprentice will work closely with the Talbot County Public School’s Apprenticeship Coordinator to develop a student work plan, recruit potential candidates, and assure the student is meeting both school and industry requirements. Please contact Jodie Colombo for more information.

For Students

  • Earn while you learn. Youth apprentices are paid a wage while they learn valuable job skills. 
  • On the Job training. Students will complete at least 450 hours under the supervision of a mentor.
  • Discover your dream job. Confirm that the industry you selected is a good fit for you, saving you time and money in pursuing costly higher education or technical training after high school.
  • Get a head start. Youth apprentices have an advantage over other candidates when seeking employment after high school, because they develop valuable career skills and a professional network.
  • Become more confident. Gain self-assurance by working independently under the tutelage of a mentor.
  • Make new friends. Youth apprenticeship programs attract a diverse group of students.
  • Meet graduation requirements. Upon completion of the program, students will receive four high school credits and finish the Career and Technology Apprenticeship Pathway. 

The youth apprenticeship program is designed for juniors and seniors who are interested in entering the workforce while in high school and plan to continue in that industry after graduation. Through this program, students will learn and practice technical and employability skills under the guidance of a professional. Additionally, they will complete the necessary classroom experiences that meet specific industry standards. 

Please contact your school’s Youth Apprenticeship Navigator to learn about eligibility requirements, the application process, and available opportunities!

Contact Information:

Jodie Colombo, School-to-Career Transition Facilitator
410-490-4763
jcolombo(at)talbotschools.org

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