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The Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) offers grants to assist employers with costs associated with developing apprenticeship programs. Employers can receive up to $5,000 for each apprentice to help cover costs including apprenticeship-related supplies, materials, instruction and infrastructure.

The goal of MAI is to help more than 100 employers develop apprenticeship programs to recruit, train and retrain 1,000 new apprentices in the industries of:

  • advanced manufacturing,

  • agriculture,

  • health care services,

  • information technology, and

  • transportation.

MAI grants

Interested in MAI? Contact us to learn more.

Resources for applicants

Success with MAI

Employers are finding success with MAI grants.

MAI businesses find success

View more employers that have created apprenticeship programs through MAI.

MAI grantee resources

View resources for employers that have already received a MAI grant or have already applied.

Questions about MAI or apprenticeship? Contact us.

  • Jason Wadell
    MAI Grant Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Jason.Wadell@state.mn.us, 651-259-7552 

  • LaRohn Latimer 
    Apprenticeship Field Representative, Program Development, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    Larohn.Latimer@state.mn.us, 651-284-5223

  • Leslie Philmon
    Apprenticeship Field Representative, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    Leslie.Philmon@state.mn.us, 651-284-5330

MAI is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) and is funded through a $5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Labor.