Maryland's Skills2Compete Initiative
Middle-skill jobs, which require more than a high-school diploma, but less than a four-year degree, makeup the largest part of Maryland's labor market. According to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, middle-skill jobs are projected to account for at 42 percent of job openings between 2006 - 2016.
Though the statistic is sizable, the unfortunate reality is the shortage of skilled workers. And, while too many employers struggle to find skilled employees, too many Maryland workers struggle to find decent jobs.
As a result of this dilemma, Gov. Martin O'Malley has initiated Skills2Compete. The campaign aims to ensure the state's workforce has the skills needed to meet business demand, foster innovation, and grow shared prosperity. In doing so, emphasis is placed on educating Marylanders on the importance of achieving post-secondary training.