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What is the Minnesota PIPELINE Project?

 View a handout that explains the Minnesota PIPELINE Project (PDF)

The Minnesota PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and
ndustry Experience) Project is an innovative approach to address current and future workforce needs. It serves as a catalyst for developing industry-based, employer-driven, dual-training programs throughout the state.

The project targets four high-growth industry sectors with limited experience with Minnesota’s apprenticeship system:

By leveraging Minnesota’s success with registered apprenticeship and focusing on the targeted industries, the PIPELINE Project is assisting employers to change the question from "How do we get workers with the skills we need?" to "How do we give workers the skills we need?" Dual training, like apprenticeship, is an earn-as-you-learn approach where the employer invests in its employee by building a training infrastructure, developing career pathways and investing in the employee’s education.

The objectives of the PIPELINE Project are:

  • engage employers, educators, labor and public agencies to support employment-based education;
  • enhance Minnesota’s skilled workforce; and
  • expand dual-training and registered apprenticeship in Minnesota

Leaders from the advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology industries inform and direct the work of the PIPELINE Project.

Groups of subject-matter experts identify, define and validate occupational competencies for industry-identified PIPELINE occupations.

Dual-training experience
The PIPELINE Project supports employers to develop and expand dual-training through tools and technical support. Dual-training grants, administered by Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE), provide funding for employers to create new dual-training programs and provide dual-training opportunities.

Video: Overview of the Minnesota PIPELINE Project

Get involved in the PIPELINE Project

  • Sign-up for the PIPELINE Project Industry Council email list (above, right).
  • Participate in Industry Councils.
  • Assist in identifying and validating occupational competencies.
  • Begin dual-training and registered apprenticeship programs.
  • Contact Heather McGannon, PIPELINE Project manager, if you have any additional questions.

PIPELINE Project status update

BuhlerSuccess in the field
PIPELINE Project programs have been implemented at companies including Buhler, Inc., Fairview Health Services, Jones Metal and AWT Flexographic.

View stories about how these companies are finding success with the Minnesota PIPELINE Project.

 PIPELINE Project Status Update - March 2017 (PDF)

PIPELINE Project industries and occupations

DLI convenes Industry Councils and competency councils to develop occupational competency standards for identified high-demand occupations in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology. View each industry council's Web page for more information about its validated occupations.

What is a dual-training experience?

A dual-training experience is a structured educational system for an employee that follows a list of guidelines to improve on-the-job-performance, employee occupation credentials and improve wages. To qualify for the dual-training program you must:

  • be an employee of the participating employer, and
  • follow a compiled list of industry specific competency standards while participating in related instruction and on-the-job training.

What is a dual-training grant? How do I apply?

Employers can use dual-training grant awards 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. The Office of Higher Education is administering these grants, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Industry.

 Read more about the PIPELINE Project dual-training grants and how to apply.

PIPELINE Project resources

PIPELINE Project materials (PDFs)

Past PIPELINE Project reports (PDFs)

News articles

Other materials

Questions or comments about the Minnesota PIPELINE project?

Contact Heather McGannon, project manager, at (651) 284-5130 or heather.mcgannon@state.mn.us.

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