Skilled Immigrant Task Force - Workforce Development & Adult Learning
The Maryland Skilled Immigrants Task Force is a consortium of public and private workforce development organizations that seek to leverage skills which foreign-trained immigrants bring to the United State to meet local job market demand. Skilled Immigrants, or New Americans, are individuals who have acquired extensive education and/or work experience abroad. These New Americans come to Maryland ready to work and offer great potential and benefits to the labor market, including new skills, languages, and cultural knowledge. Unfortunately, they are met with significant barriers to employment, many dealing with credential and licensing issues. Barriers include lack of written and spoken English language proficiency, lack of professional networks, lack of career pathways, undervalued education and credentials, and expensive and difficult licensing evaluation and acquirement processes.
The consortium believes that the State of Maryland can lead the way in creating a win-win environment in which immigrants secure jobs matching their professional and educational backgrounds while helping the business community more readily meet its workforce needs. The consortium consists of representatives from Maryland Department of Human Resources, Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, community colleges, refugee resettlement agencies, American Job Centers, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, and many non-profit organizations that help immigrants achieve integration in their U.S. communities.