IEC Chesapeake - Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Program - Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP)
“IEC Chesapeake’s demonstrated leadership in preparing Maryland’s workforce for good-paying, secure jobs – especially for our next generation of workers through youth apprenticeship – makes them a perfect fit for the ambassador program,” said Secretary Schulz. “Their innovation, passion, and flexibility will help us attract more talent of all ages and backgrounds to one of the fastest growing occupations in construction and help grow Maryland’s economy by filling in-demand jobs.”
IEC Chesapeake Executive Director Grant Shmelzer serves as chair of the Maryland Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Committee and is a member of the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council. Over the past 36 years, 832 electrical and telecomm apprentices have completed IEC apprenticeship training. Today, 713 apprentices are in its registered apprenticeship programs.
“With a growing shortage of qualified electrical workers, it has never been a better time to join the electrical industry,” said Shmelzer. “There are plenty of job opportunities available and electricians are among the highest paid jobs in the construction sector. We are looking forward to continuing to spread that message while serving as an apprenticeship ambassador.”
Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz with IEC Chesapeake Executive Director Grant Shmelzer and graduates of the IEC's first Pathways to Success Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program. All pre-apprenticeship graduates have applied to the IEC’s four-year registered apprenticeship program and are expected to be placed in full-time jobs.
For more information about the program and how to apply, download the Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Summary and the Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Introductory Letter, or contact Britta Vander Linden, Director of Partnerships and Program Development, 410-230-6242.