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Construction Career Readiness funding

Funding for construction career readiness and pre-apprenticeship training

Apprenticeship Minnesota at the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announces the availability of $550,000 to support construction career readiness and pre-apprenticeship programming to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a registered apprenticeship program in the construction trades. We seek program proposals that target minority and/or female populations — demographics underrepresented in construction and apprenticeship.

Performance period: Jan. 1, 2019 (or date of executed contract, whichever comes later) through Sept. 31, 2019.

Download request for proposal documents and instructions below.


The purpose of the funding opportunity is to 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 $3.8 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 and 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. The deadline to submit written proposal for consideration is Oct. 22, 2018 (before 4:30 p.m., CST).

Webinar on Oct. 8

An informational webinar about the funding opportunity is at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8.

  • When it's time, join the meeting here.

  • Meeting number (access code):  740 894 658 

  • Meeting password:  Apex2018

  • Join by phone:  844-302-0362

Application due date and process

Available funding $550,000
Request for proposals release date Sept.10, 2018
Technical assistance

Technical assistance is available for interpreting instructions or preparing applications.

Contact:  Betsy Adamson 
Responses to frequently asked questions will be posted to this DLI website weekly.

Proposal due date

Oct. 22, 2018 (before 4:30pm, CST). Late proposals will not be accepted. 

Submit by email to:
Mail or hand deliver three copies to:
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
ATTN: Betsy Adamson
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN  55155

Review period Oct. 22 to Nov. 7, 2018
Notification of applicants Week of Nov. 12-18, 2018
Contract start date Jan. 1, 2019, or date of executed contract, whichever comes later
Contract end date Sept. 30, 2019

Application documents and resources


Contact or 651-284-5196.