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Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative

In October 2015, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry were awarded in partnership, as a recipient of a U.S. Department of Labor American Apprenticeship Initiative Grant. Minnesota received $5 million to use toward expanding and building new registered apprenticeship programs in five industries: advanced manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, information technology and transportation. More than 100 employers statewide will participate over the next five years in the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI).

This initiative will bring more than 1,000 individuals into newly registered apprenticeship programs in 30 high-growth occupations providing them a registered apprenticeship program with occupation specific competencies delivered through related classroom instruction and structured on-the-job training. Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative supportive activities include outreach and recruitment, co-enrolled program intake, assessment, adult basic education where necessary, wrap-around services, career guidance, life skills coaching and counseling, structured on-the-job training; competency based technical instruction and state-issued industry-recognized credentials.

Employers will receive $5,000 per MAI registered apprentice to assist in apprenticeship support activities such as apprentice supplies and materials, off-set related instruction costs, and/or establish employer registered apprenticeship infrastructure.

For more information and help with questions about the grant initiative and the application process, employers can take part in two webinars. They are free and optional; no registration is required. Recordings of completed webinars and presentation materials are also posted below. 

For more information about the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative visit the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's website.

The U.S. Department of Labor also provides a Quick-Start Toolkit, Building Registered Apprenticeship Programs for businesses to start and register an apprenticeship program.

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