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Value to Employers

Here are some reasons why Registered apprenticeship is good for business from the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP) site.

  • Build your workforce. Registered apprenticeship trains workers in the specific skills needed by your company.
  • Reduce turnover costs. Registered apprentices boast an impressive 91% retention rate.*
  • Increase productivity. Apprentices report high levels of motivation, satisfaction, and loyalty. For every dollar spent on apprenticeship, U.S. employers get $1.47 back in increased productivity. **
  • Make your workplace safer. A well trained workforce may reduce worker compensation costs.
  • Plan for employee succession. Registered apprenticeships help you to successfully facilitate the transfer of knowledge from experienced employees to new recruits.
  • Take advantage of tax credits and financial incentives. Maryland offers businesses valuable support to build a reliable pipeline of qualified workers.

*According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, 91% of apprentices remain on the job one year after employment.
**According to the U.S. Department of Labor.

What is a registered apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeships are jobs where workers “earn and learn.” While working on the job, employees receive one-on-one full-time training from a skilled craftsperson as well as related classroom instruction. An apprentice is “sponsored” by an employer or association and is paid according to a progressive pay scale.

What is a registered apprenticeship sponsor?

A registered apprenticeship sponsor is a business or association that manages a registered apprenticeship program that has been approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council.

How do I hire a registered apprentice?
  • Recruit your apprentice! We can help you find talent through our statewide American Job Centers.
  • Signup with MDBFAA to enroll them in the program.

 

Do I get a tax credit for hiring a registered apprentice?

Yes! Thanks to the More Jobs for Marylanders Act signed by Governor Hogan, if you are an eligible registered apprenticeship sponsor or a participating/signatory employer who hired a registered apprentice in 2017, you may qualify for a $1,000 tax credit for each eligible registered apprentice.

Read more about the registered apprenticeship tax credit eligibility.
Download the registered apprenticeship tax credit application form.

Are there other financial incentives for hiring registered apprentices?

Yes! Governor Hogan announced the return of the Maryland Business Works program which may pay up to 50% of your eligible training costs up to $4,500 per apprentice and $40,000 per company, per program year if eligible. Depending on availability, the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund offers businesses grants of up to $50,000 for innovative apprenticeship solutions.

What is the State Apprenticeship and Training Fund?

The State Apprenticeship and Training Fund (Fund) law provides that contractors and certain subcontractors performing work on certain public work contracts are required to make contributions toward apprenticeship. (See §17-601 through 17-606, State Finance and Procurement, Annotated Code of Maryland.) Contractors and subcontractors can contribute in one of three ways: (1) participate in a registered apprenticeship training program; (2) contribute to an organization that has a registered apprenticeship training program; or (3) contribute to the State Apprenticeship and Training Fund.

Registering Apprentices

Each apprentice hired by a registered program must also be registered with DLLR. Upon being hired the apprentice should complete an Apprenticeship Agreement with his or her employer. This informs the apprentice of the terms and conditions of their employment, in addition to allowing the state to keep record of the apprentice’s progress.

It is only through registering that an apprentice that they will be able to receive their Certificate of Completion and become an industry recognized journeyperson or an eligible candidate to become a journeyperson, depending on the trade.

Maryland Registered Apprenticeship Tax Credit

Download this information sheet (Word)

BENEFITS

The Maryland Apprenticeship Tax Credit provides a State income tax credit to Registered Apprenticeship Sponsors or participating employers (Employer) which hire an eligible Registered Apprentice(s). The Employer may qualify for a $1,000 tax credit for each eligible Registered Apprentice.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply for this tax credit program, the following two conditions must be in place:

  • The Employer must be a Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor and/or participating employer in a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Registered Apprenticeship means the Apprenticeship and Apprentice(s) are registered with the State of Maryland and have been approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council. For more information about the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, please visit the website; and
  • The Registered Apprentice(s) hired by the Employer must be registered with the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program and have worked for at least seven (7) full months for the employer starting on or after January 1, 2017.

LIMITATIONS

  • A credit may only be taken against the State income tax for the first year of employment for an eligible Registered Apprentice.
  • There is no limit on the number of Registered Apprentices that can be claimed for each taxable year provided all eligibility criteria have been met.
  • If tax credits exceed the amount of income tax liability, unused credits may be carried forward for succeeding taxable years until fully used.
  • The total amount of tax credits available to be approved by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) is limited to $500,000 for any give taxable year. Tax credits will be certified on a first come, first-serve basis, based on the availability of credits.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Any employer which wishes to claim this tax credit must have registered and been approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council prior to applying for tax credit certification.
  • To be certified for the tax credit, an eligible Employer must apply directly to DLLR. Applications (Forms A and B) for the tax credit can be found on the website.
  • The completed application must be sent via mail or in a password protected/encrypted file e-mail:

Mail: Maryland Registered Apprenticeship Tax Credit Program
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations (DLLR)
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 209
Baltimore, MD 21201

E-mail: Christopher.MacLarion@Maryland.gov

HOW TO CLAIM

After receiving the tax credit certification from DLLR, the Employers must file a tax return with the Comptroller of Maryland for the year in which the certification was issued. Applicants should use Maryland Tax Form 500CR. Maryland Tax Form 500CR must be filed electronically and have attached a copy of the certification provided to them by the DLLR. Please note the credit is taken against the State income tax ONLY. It is not taken against the county income tax “add-on.” For more information regarding the tax forms and tax return instructions, please visit the Comptroller of Maryland’s website.

If the Employer needs tax information or guidance beyond the scope of this information in order to apply for the Registered Apprenticeship Tax Credit program, please contact the Comptroller of Maryland. Please note that DLLR cannot dispense tax advice.

CONTACT

For more information about the Registered Apprenticeship Tax Credit, contact:

Christopher D. MacLarion,
Director – Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
410-767-3969


For additional information, contact:
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program

1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 209
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-2246
Fax: 410-333-5162
E-mail: info@mdapprenticeship.com