Tree Care Industry Association Awarded Maryland Apprenticeship Innovation Fund Grant

It is just a small part of our nationwide Workforce Development Initiative, which coordinates with local tree care employers to create career pathways for aspiring arborists.

Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor announced March 8, 2017, that the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) received exclusive Federal funding to establish an Apprenticeship Innovation Fund (AIF). This Federal grant allows Maryland to provide incentives for innovative apprenticeship solutions for Maryland’s businesses.

Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) is pleased to announce that it has received $48,876 in funding from the DLLR. “TCIA will use this grant to address the shortage of skilled arborists in the tree care industry by sponsoring an arborist apprenticeship program,” says Brigitte Orrick, TCIA’s Director of Workforce Development. “It is just a small part of our nationwide Workforce Development Initiative, which coordinates with local tree care employers to create career pathways for aspiring arborists.” TCIA will create a non-traditional apprenticeship program to include up to 30 new registered apprentices this year, with the expectation to grow this number to a total of 50 individuals by 2020.

TCIA members and Maryland-based tree care employers began exploring registered apprenticeship as a workforce development solution in June 2016. TCIA estimates approximately 175-200 tree care jobs will become available in Maryland annually over the next five years due to worker attrition, industry growth, urbanization and community growth. While several businesses have partnered with TCIA to develop the program, three individuals have stepped forward as local champions to ensure the program aligns to Maryland…

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