Mid-Shore Recovering Veterans Group announces workforce development initiatives
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.