Apprenticeship Workforce Grants Available to Help Employers Develop Highly Skilled Workforce

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Apply May 10 through June 14, free webinars explain process.

ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers can apply for a grant beginning May 10 to help them develop a registered apprenticeship program to recruit, train and retain their 21st century highly skilled workforce.

Approved applicants receive funds to offset their costs related to program development, instruction and supplies. Recipients can receive up to $5,000 for each registered apprentice.

The Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) targets employers in these five high-growth industries: 

advanced manufacturing


health care

information technology


“Registered apprenticeship has long been recognized as the gold standard in employment-based career development,” said Ken Peterson, commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). “Building upon that success in the construction industry, this model can assist other industries striving to build a diverse and inclusive workforce to address the challenges of worker skills gaps, growing retirements and talent retention.”

“Apprenticeships are a win-win opportunity for both employers and employees,” said Shawntera Hardy, commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). “As we look to fill a historic number of open jobs in this state, DEED is excited to partner with DLI in this effort, which will ultimately provide Minnesota employers looking to attract skilled workers another tool in their toolbox.”

How to apply.

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