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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Baltimore Mayor's Office of Employment Development

Meet Omar

Workforce Challenge

Omar Syed immigrated to the United States in 2015, hoping to secure a more stable future for his children. Although he held a Bachelor of Science degree from his home country of India and had over 20 years of corporate management experience in the United Arab Emirates, he struggled to find employment that matched his skillset upon arrival in the United States. After arriving in Baltimore, he worked as an associate at Walmart, a customer service representative at BWI Airport, and finally as a manager at an adult daycare.

Workforce Solution

Omar heard about Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare’s (BACH) apprenticeship program through his mosque.

Outcomes & Benefits

Omar was selected as an Environmental Care Supervisor at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Spring 2019. Since then has been able to increase his wages, enjoy greater stability, and build on the management skills he developed throughout his career. When asked about his experience as an apprentice, he said, “The apprenticeship program has given me sense of stability, job satisfaction, and makes me feel like I am part of the community.”

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