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Construction Career Readiness funding

Construction career readiness training funding opportunity – Reopened

Apprenticeship Minnesota at the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announces the availability of $300,000 to support construction career readiness/pre-apprenticeship programming to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a registered apprenticeship program in the construction trades. DLI seeks program proposals that target minority and/or female populations — demographics currently underrepresented in construction and apprenticeship. Performance period is April 1, 2019, (or date of executed contract, whichever comes later) through Sept. 30, 2019.


Support construction orientation and readiness training that prepares minority and female participants for careers in the construction trades through registered apprenticeship. There are currently more than 11,500 active apprentices today. However, female and minority participation account for 7 and 20 percent of that total, respectively. This funding opportunity is made possible through a $3.3 million U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Expansion Grant to DLI to facilitate and support the expansion of registered apprenticeship in Minnesota.


Recruit minority and/or female participants and deliver construction career readiness/pre-apprenticeship training that results in the placement of participants into a registered apprenticeship program.


Proposals will be accepted from registered apprenticeship construction training programs in Minnesota serving the targeted population on a competitive basis. To qualify, pre-apprenticeship programs will need to provide quality training that delivers entry requisites to construction apprenticeship, provides for meaningful hands-on training that does not displace paid employees and has at least two community-based partners that could assist with recruiting participants and/or provide them with support and wrap-around services.

Deadline and submission

  • The deadline to submit written proposal for consideration is 4:30 p.m., Feb. 22, 2019.

  • Submit proposals by email to or mail or deliver to: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, ATTN:  Betsy Adamson, 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN  55155.

  • An informational webinar will be scheduled later.

Application materials


For technical assistance with interpreting instructions or preparing applications, contact or 651-284-5196.