Dual-training grants are part of the Minnesota PIPELINE Project, which was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2014 to expand dual training and apprenticeship programs. Dual-training programs provide structured on-the-job training and related instruction so employees can develop the necessary occupational competencies to succeed in their chosen career.
Starting April 18, 2016, employers can apply for grants to help create or expand dual-training programs in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services or information technology industries.
This is the second round of grants to be released from this program. In the first round, fifteen employers received grants totaling $490,549 that will support the training of 125 students/employees.
The Office of Higher Education (OHE) administers the dual training grants, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). Grant funds can be used to cover student/employees’ tuition, fees and required materials for the related instruction training.
The request for applications and other grant materials are available at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2160. Employers must submit completed applications by May 22, 2016.
The application includes information about the student/employees receiving the training and the training provider the employer is partnering with to provide the related instruction. The maximum total grant application is $150,000. The maximum grant award for each student/employee participating in dual training is $6,000. Grantees will be selected by July 2016, and grant funds will be available for fall academic terms.
Technical assistance will be available to assist employers interested in applying for PIPELINE dual-training grants. For more information, send an email message to PIPELINE.Project@state.mn.us.
Planning guides are also available by industry. These guides are meant to be a working document to plan the dual training associated with approved occupations (PDFs).
DLI has approved competencies for the following industries and occupations. Dual-training grants can be used to meet competency standards in the following industries and occupations:
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing
Industry: Health Care Services
Industry: Information Technology
The industries and occupations eligible for dual-training grants will expand as additional competencies are approved by DLI.
For help with questions about the PIPELINE Project dual-training grant request for applications, send an email message to PIPELINE.Project@state.mn.us.