100 percent of MD MEP Eastern Shore Boot Camp Graduates Earn Jobs With Crystal Steel
Columbia, Md. – The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing manufacturing in the State of Maryland, announced today that 100 percent of its 2017 MD MEP Eastern Shore Boot Camp graduates have gained employment with Crystal Steel Fabricators.
The 2017 Eastern Shore Boot Camp was an intensive two-week training program that began in late January, featuring classroom and on-the-job training for unemployed and under-employed candidates. MD MEP partnered with the local community groups to select candidates for the Boot Camp. Classroom training covered soft skills and manufacturing 101, while on-the-job training allowed participants to shadow employees on the plant floor of Crystal Steel. Candidates focused on acquiring a mix of life, basic job and basic manufacturing skills necessary to increase their employability and prepare them for jobs.
Of the fifteen 2017 Boot Camp graduates, all fifteen gained employment. The success of this program came at a critical time for Crystal Steel. Crystal Steel Fabricators manufacturers structural steel and they recently expanded their business by purchasing their first facility in Maryland. Crystal Steel plans to bring over 100 new jobs to the Federalsburg area in the next two years.
“The success of this Boot Camp is due to the strong partnership developed by MD MEP, the local community groups and the dedication of Crystal Steel. The Boot Camp continues to evolve and provide a path to jobs in manufacturing for those who might not otherwise have access. We are thrilled that all fifteen graduates received job offers from Crystal Steel.” said Mike Kelleher, Executive Director of MD MEP.
MD MEP’s Manufacturing Boot Camp program is funded by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) program. The manufacturing Boot Camp ensures that employers have a qualified pipeline of skilled workers who are able to contribute on day one, significantly decreasing training costs, while increasing retention rates.