Both on-the-job (OJT) and apprenticeship training programs are available for Veterans using their federal U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill. These programs allow Veterans to learn a trade or skill through training on the job participation rather than attending formal classroom instruction. A Veteran generally enters into a training contract for a specific period with an employer or union, and at the end of the training period, the Veteran gains job certification or journeyman status.
Approved employers can use this benefit as a recruiting tool by using wages and stipend to attract Veteran candidates.
There is a shortage of skilled workers throughout many of the trades within Minnesota. Good apprenticeship training is a benefit to both employer and the employee. Apprenticeship is a company’s investment in its employees and business future. Employees learn a skilled profession while earning a steadily increasing wage as their knowledge and skill increases. The employer develops a program integrating on-the-job training with related technical instruction.
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry oversees the state’s apprenticeship programs. It regulates, supervises and promotes apprenticeship programs that have been approved and meet state standard. For additional information please contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry .
You might be surprised at the number of occupations that qualify for apprenticeship programs within Minnesota. In general, an occupation may qualify for an apprenticeship program requires at least 2,000 hours of hands-on training to learn essential skills in conjunction with 144 hours of related technical instruction each year. Apprenticeship training is common in the following occupations:
The OJT program offers Veterans and currently serving Reservists an alternative way to use federal VA educational benefits, to include Chapter 33 MGIB, while obtaining job skills and related training to be fully qualified for a position of employment. They can receive monthly training benefits from the VA in addition to regular salary when being trained for a new job. The VA pays Veteran GI Bill participants on a scale depending on the amount of time they are enrolled in the program. Visit the VA website for information on how the benefit is paid.
Private, local and state government employers are eligible for this program. To be considered all jobs must require six months training and lead to an entry-level position. To qualify, the training positions must meet the following criteria, and trainees must be:
Note: Veterans or reservists may not receive GI Bill OJT benefits at the same time they receive the GI Bill education benefits. In Minnesota, all training programs must be approved by the Minnesota State Approving Agency for veterans benefits.
For additional information on the OJT program, contact the Minnesota State Approving Agency at SAA.Group.MDVA@state.mn.us or call 651-285-8544 .
Veterans may be eligible to use the Minnesota GI Bill for Apprenticeship and On-the-Job training programs. See the Minnesota GI Bill page for more information.