Career and Technical Education are Vital
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future education reform plan sets a goal to increase the number of apprenticeships for high school juniors and seniors to 60,000 in seven years, and to ensure at least 45% of high school students complete a high-school level apprenticeship program by the 2030-31 school year...
Martin, a member of a national nonprofit organization called Explore The Trades, has a recommendation for the commission: figure out a solution to expand access to tax credits and grants for small business owners.
For instance, she said the average annual salary for a master plumber is $60,000. In addition, she said the average profit margin “after all the overhead” for most trade businesses range between 2% to 5%.
“We are in that range,” she said. “That’s all that’s left at the end of the day to build a work force. That is hard.”
Martin has a commission member who agrees with her: Sen. Mary Beth Carozza (R-Lower Shore).
Carozza said streamlining the process for businesses to receive approval for an apprenticeship program would help.
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