Developing Opportunities for Youth

Queen Anne’s County recently added a new career technology liaison position within the department dedicated to developing internships and apprenticeships for youth among local industries. The program kicked off officially in the Fall of 2021.

Mission: Support opportunities for youth on-the-job training & experiences, especially those in technology and trade industries. Connect local businesses with a local youth workforce.

Where: The Career Technology Liaison serves both Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties. All industries are encouraged to participate.

Please reach out to Connie Dean if you are interested in learning more about the program, opportunities for your business, or opportunities for students.

Career Technology Liaison

Connie Dean

EMAIL: [email protected]


Maryland Department of Labor Youth Apprenticeship Homepage. Provides links specific to what is involved with establishing a program, requirements, success stories, and other helpful information and contacts.  

Maryland Department of Labor Youth Apprenticeship Brochure. Explains how an employer becomes eligible. 

Maryland Department of Labor Youth Apprenticeship Program Employer Application. This online application is very brief and simple to complete. This initial application will go directly to Bob Zimberoff, who will contact the employer directly. 

1 Page Snapshot – Career Technology Liaison

Maryland Department of Labor Contact

Maryland Department of Labor Youth Apprenticeship Navigator
Bob Zimberoff
[email protected]

About the Initiative

The Liaison works with businesses to develop and navigate the State of Maryland Department of Labor Youth Apprenticeship program, connect with the Maryland Department of Labor Youth Apprenticeship Navigator, supports students & schools in accessing information about available Youth Apprenticeships available locally.

The Liaison also works with local businesses interested in establishing internship positions, and connecting students with available internships.

The Career Technology Liaison works directly with a number of local partners, including:

  • Chesapeake College
  • Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS)
  • Kent County Public Schools (KCPS)
  • Local Businesses
  • Kent County Chamber of Commerce
  • Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce
  • Upper Shore Regional Council

Youth Apprenticeship VS Internship

What’s the difference?

Youth Apprenticeships

Key Characteristics & Requirements
  • Approval of the business by the Maryland Department of Labor
  • Approval of the eligible employee (youth) with Maryland Department of Labor
  • Maryland Department of Labor Apprenticeship Navigator visits with Employer
  • 450 hours of employment with the approved business
  • 141 hours of related instruction with the approved business
  • Employer offers opportunities to advance within business following completion of the apprenticeship.

Youth Internships

Key Characteristics & Requirements
  • Graduation requirements & school schedule must accommodate the internship time requirements
  • Student earns 1 credit toward graduation per internship.
  • An agreement is signed by the employer, school counselor, and parent
  • The student completes 7.5 hours of work per week at the local business.