City of Baltimore allocates $5 million to launch Train Up workforce training program – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) –Baltimore City will use nearly $5 million of its American Rescue Plan Act funding to launch a free workforce training program, Mayor Brandon Scott announced Wednesday.

In the first year of the initiative, known as Train Up, the city is awarding grants to 17 organizations that will train Baltimore residents in essential skills needed in the healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and technology.

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“This program is specifically designed to provide free job training to unemployed and underemployed residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the pandemic,” Scott said.

Long before the pandemic, many communities in the city were systematically disadvantaged and faced significant challenges that hampered their ability to find jobs, he said.

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In addition to training, Train Up will take a “holistic approach” in offering legal assistance, behavioral health support and financial counseling, the mayor said.

Jason Perkins-Cohen, director of the mayor’s Office of Employment Development, said Train Up will reach more than 1,600 residents.

“So if you are a resident, looking for work, looking for a better job, that means for you that you have good solid options to help you go to work in a job that offers the possibility of supporting your needs and those of your family,” he said.

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The 17 grantees are: Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Associated Builders and Contractors/Project JumpStart, Byte Back, Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Center for Urban Families, Civic Works, Equality Equation, Goodwill Industries, HOPE Inc. , Jane Addams Resource Center, Maryland New Directions, NPower, Open Works, Per Scholas, UNITE HERE and Vehicles for Change.

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