Governor’s Workforce Investment Board Releases Report on Maryland’s Labor Force Conditions


BALTIMORE (November 18, 2008) – The Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB) recently released a report, Maryland’s Labor Force Conditions: Trends, Challenges, & Opportunities, making 14 significant recommendations to strengthen Maryland’s workforce and address emerging and future workforce challenges to ensure Maryland maintains a robust economy.

“This report emphasizes the need for Maryland to continue to educate, train and further prepare its workers for the 21st century global economy,” said William “Bill” Robertson, Chairman of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board and CEO of Adventist Healthcare Corp.

The report shows that while Maryland has a highly skilled and educated workforce, there is a critical need to address current and emerging challenges, including the “skills gap” and worker shortages, the pending influx of BRAC related jobs, and the need for expanded Science, Technology, and Engineering and Math (STEM) programs throughout the education system. The report notes that Maryland must continue to cultivate its highly educated and skilled workforce to keep up with present and future business demands and to remain competitive. It also calls for increased adult education and language services to meet the needs of Marylanders who lack the education and language skills required to succeed in the workplace.

“Even with the downturn in the national economy, this report stresses the continued need to prepare an educated and trained workforce across all skills levels to benefit both employers and workers,” said Eric Seleznow, Executive Director of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board.

The GWIB is the governor’s chief policy-making body for workforce development. The mission of the GWIB is to guide a nationally-recognized workforce development system that aligns with the economic and educational goals of the State of Maryland and results in a qualified workforce available to employers across the State. The GWIB brings together and focuses various workforce development partners and stakeholders on two key outcomes - a properly prepared workforce that meets the current and future demands of Maryland employers, and providing opportunities for all Marylanders to succeed in the 21st century workforce.

To download a copy of the executive summary or the full report, visit the GWIB website.

For more information, contact Rachel Indek, 410-767-2982.