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Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline supports employers with creating or enhancing a competency based, earn-and-learn dual-training approach to meeting their workforce needs. With Pipeline, workers receive a combination of related instruction paired with on-the-job training.


The program targets high-growth industries with limited history with Minnesota's apprenticeship system:

Dual training basics

Dual training is an earn-while-you-learn approach where the employer invests in their employee by providing training in competency standards to equip the employee with the specific knowledge and skills necessary for a particular occupation. For a trainee to qualify for a dual-training program, they must:

  1. be employed by the participating employer and,

  2. receive structured on-the-job training and technical instruction in accordance with the competency standards for a specific occupation (use the above industry links to find the eligible occupations with competency standards).

Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline objectives

  • Engage employers, higher education, labor, representatives of the disabled community and government to support employment-based training;

  • expand earn-and-learn dual-training and registered apprenticeship in Minnesota; and

  • bring together leaders from industry to identify, define, create and validate occupational competencies for in-demand careers.

Dual training grants 

Dual training grants are available through our partners at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and provide funding for employers to create new and/or expand existing dual-training initiatives.

Additional information about Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline

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