Project Labor Agreements
Executive order issued by Governor O’Malley requires state agencies to consider on a project-by-project basis whether apprenticeship programs and community hiring incentives are appropriate and allows contractors that agree to participate to either execute a PLA or an apprenticeship agreement. Apprenticeship programs can be either required or used by procurement officials to valuate and score a contractor’s technical qualifications.
Yes; projects are subject to prevailing wage if their total cost exceeds $500,000 and either of the following criteria are met: (1) the contracting public body is a unit of state government or an instrumentality of the state, and there is any state funding for the project; or (2) the contracting public body is a political subdivision, agency, person, or entity (such as a county), and the state funds 50% or more of the project except for school construction which must be 25% or more state funded.
Right to Work
Statute authorizes the use of P3s on transportation facility projects (including railroads, ports, and airports). Statute also authorizes county or local educational entities to enter into P3s for school-related construction or improvements. Unsolicited bids are allowed.
Workforce Development Incentives
Current labor supply satisfies 129% of peak labor demand.
State offered $7,982,388 in grants and incentives for workforce preparation and development in 2021.
Career and Technical Education
84% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges or careers.
Maryland recognizes NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.
Job Growth Rate