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.
In 2015, the Minnesota legislature created the Dual-Training Grant Program to help employers and training providers deliver dual training to meet industry-developed occupational competency standards. The Office of Higher Education (OHE) is administering these grants, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).
Employers can use dual-training grants to train employees in an occupation for which a competency standard has been identified in one of the four PIPELINE industries. The employers must have an agreement with a training institution or program to provide the competency training. Grant funds can be used to cover student/employees’ tuition, fees and required materials for the related instruction training.
The most up-to-date information about the dual-training grants is available from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
The third grant round is now closed. Applications will be reviewed and grant awards will be announced by the end of October 2016. The deadline for signing awarded grant contracts is Dec. 30, 2016, and training can begin once the contract has been completed and all required forms are submitted.
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.
Technical assistance is 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.
View frequently asked questions (PDF) to find information about the request for application.
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. Please contact us to learn more about developing your occupation.
For help with questions about the PIPELINE Project dual-training grant request for applications, send an email message to PIPELINE.Project@state.mn.us.