Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ) PWQ provides matching skill upgrade training grants and support services targeted to improve the competitive position of small and midsize manufacturing and technology companies. PWQ grants are used to increase the skill of existing workers for new technologies and production processes, improve employee productivity, and increase industry employment stability. PWQ matching grants are made directly to companies as well as through a number of manufacturing, software industry, and ISO 9000 consortia programs working in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Commerce (DOC).
Western Maryland Consortium The Western Maryland Consortium provides a wide range of workforce development services for job seekers and employers. Employer services include referral of applicants, customized training, financial aid for on-the-job training, recruitment, and screening assistance. Services are generally provided at no cost to employers.