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Workforce Development and Training

​Maryland seeks to promote economic growth and vitality by leveraging opportunities to develop a talent pipeline that aligns with industry and business needs. A variety of programs can help your business identify and train new workers, or upgrade the skills of your existing workers.
Maryland’s economic and workforce development agencies coordinate efforts providing consulting services that focus on delivering a customer-centric-workforce system. Together, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation work in partnership with other state and local organizations to create innovative employer solutions that help to address a gap between an employer’s need for skilled workers and the ability to meet the training and education needs of workers. This seamless integration helps to fuel the growing industries in the state.
For more information regarding customized workforce development strategies and talent life-cycle planning, please see our contacts section on this page.​


Training Programs to Build Your Workforce

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Maryland WorkSmart​ is an employee training program between the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) and Maryland Department of Commerce. The program offers Maryland​ businesses an array of customized, relevant workforce training solutions. Using the strength of the Maryland community college network, WorkSmart will identify or build workforce training to meet your needs. Training takes place at Maryland WorkSmart centers located at our 16 community colleges across the state or onsite at your business location. 

The WorkSmart Advantage:

  • Customized training to meet your business needs
  • One point of contact for all 16 community colleges
  • Wide array of training readily available
  • Better value than private training

Contact Kathleen Habbel at 410-916-9198 or for more information. ​​

​Programs to Support Workforce Acquisition, Retention and Training

Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ)

Encourages companies, especially in manufacturing and technology, to invest in incumbent worker training for job-specific skills to upgrade or retain full-time, Maryland-based employees. PWQ offers reimbursement grant funds of up to 50% of qualified costs. Learn more.

Maryland Business Works (MBW)

Maryland Business Works logoOffers matching funds for incumbent worker training. Training funds can be used to upgrade the skills of current employees while also creating opportunities for new hires in in-demand occupations and skills. Projects will be industry-focused and employer-based, targeting small business, particularly at the local level. Learn more

Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN)

EARN Maryland logoEARN Maryland invests in strategic industry partnerships from key economic sectors. These partnerships address the multiple needs of companies, starting with the training of skilled workers by developing plans to train and educate workers and place them in meaningful employment. Learn more​.