Mid-Shore Re­cov­er­ing Veter­ans Group an­nounces work­force de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives

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EAS­TON — The Mid-Shore Re­cov­er­ing Veter­ans Group has an­nounced two new plans to aug­ment work­force de­vel­op­ment on the Mid-Shore.

First, the Veter­ans Work­force De­vel­op­ment Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram will be avail­able for the chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of Veter­ans. Qual­i­fied in­di­vid­u­als will be high school grad­u­ates in Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent, Queen Anne’s or Tal­bot coun­ties. Th­ese in­di­vid­u­als will be con­tin­u­ing their ed­u­ca­tion in one of sev­eral trades to in­clude elec­tri­cal, HVAC, weld­ing and pos­si­bly other trade ar­eas.

Ap­pli­cants may be at­tend­ing an ac­cred­ited two-year or four-year col­lege, or other rec­og­nized ed­u­ca­tional venue, and be en­rolled in a trade cur­ricu­lum. Schol­ar­ships may be awarded for credit and non-credit cour­ses, and the amounts will be based on to­tal pro­jected costs. The num­ber of an­nual schol­ar­ships and dol­lar amounts may vary.

Work­force De­vel­op­ment schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tions are re­viewed by mem­bers of the schol­ar­ship com­mit­tee, and in­clude mem­bers of the MSRVG, the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion and pos­si­bly oth­ers. The MSCF man­ages this pro­gram un­der their ex­ist­ing schol­ar­ship guide­lines. Ap­pli­ca­tions for th­ese schol­ar­ships are now avail­able through high school guid­ance coun­selors or at www.mscf.org, un­der the Ser­vices tab.

Sec­ond, the MSRVG has also an­nounced its “Off Cam­pus Fast Track” train­ing for can­di­dates in the weld­ing trade. Th­ese can­di­dates may be veter­ans and veter­ans’ chil­dren or grand­chil­dren. Proof of vet­eran re­la­tion­ship will be re­quired.

There is a crit­i­cal need for welders in the five-county area. MSRVG has de­ter­mined the qual­i­fi­ca­tions nec­es­sary for hir­ing at one em­ployer’s lo­ca­tion. This em­ployer is cur­rently seek­ing 50 or more welders. MSRVG will train to the en­try-level re­quire­ment.

There will be an in­tro­duc­tory in­ter­view process that may in­clude train­ing in the ap­pli­ca­tion for hire and in­ter­view skills ar­eas. Can­di­dates should have re­li­able trans­porta­tion avail­able. Suc­cess­ful can­di­dates should be ready to in­ter­view for hire within two weeks of this train­ing. Prior weld­ing skill is not manda­tory. This class does not, how­ever, guar­an­tee job place­ment.

“We owe our lo­cal veter­ans the op­por­tu­nity for em­ploy­ment wher­ever pos­si­ble,” said pro­gram di­rec­tor Bruce Wake­field. “And we plan to pro­vide train­ing to meet the need.”

In­ter­ested par­ties should con­tact Bruce at 410-822-8322, or Royce Ball at 443-995-5908 and leave a mes­sage with name and phone in­di­cat­ing weld­ing train­ing in­ter­est.

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