Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training
What Is SNAP E&T
Maryland’s new SNAP E&T program connects people who receive monthly food supplement benefits (SNAP benefits) to job-driven training programs.
Training programs are free of cost to SNAP participants, run for an average of 12 to 16 weeks, and train participants for employment in industries that include, but are not limited to, welding, construction, machine operation, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, and computer technology/IT. Many SNAP E&T programs also offer job placement, retention and support services that help program graduates find and keep employment.
If you are interested in SNAP E&T but not currently receiving SNAP benefits, you can apply for SNAP benefits online by following this link. Click here to review eligibility requirements for SNAP benefits. You may also apply in person at your local department of social services.
Why Should I Enroll?
The SNAP E&T program is a no-cost opportunity to train for an exciting career with wages that will help you support yourself and your family. SNAP E&T employment programs are experienced in helping people overcome barriers to employment, including criminal backgrounds, limited job experience, or limited ability to get to and from work. SNAP E&T can help you move beyond the issues that may have previously made it difficult to work.
Most SNAP E&T training programs offer:
- Hard skills training in an in-demand industry
- Soft skills training in communication, customer service, and more
- Job readiness
- Job search and placement
- Industry-recognized certifications and credentials
- Work experience
- Referrals to other community services
- Resolution of employment barriers, such as criminal record, legal services, or driver’s licenses
- Access to items needed to work, such as work clothing, tools, or textbooks
- Support from a personal career navigator and success coach
Am I Eligible?
Individuals could be eligible for SNAP E&T if they are over the age of 16, receive monthly food supplement benefits, do not receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and are able to work upon completion of the program. Each SNAP E&T employment program may have its own additional eligibility requirements. Please contact the employment programs that interest you the most to find out more.
Explore the database below to find the program that interests you. You may contact your Local DSS directly to start the enrollment process or contact the Program to get more information.
The following partners have offered invaluable guidance and support in establishing Maryland’s SNAP E&T program.
- USDA–Food and Nutrition Service
- Maryland Department of Labor
- Local Departments of Social Services
- Seattle Jobs Initiative
- Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development