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The Youth Skills Training (YST) program encourages, promotes and supports the development of local partnerships between schools, employers and community organizations. These local partnerships provide students with related classroom instruction, safety training, industry-recognized credentials and paid work experience in high-growth and high-demand occupations in the industries of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, health care and information technology. Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to achieve these objectives through various means including outreach, education, training and supportive services for students.


View information about YST grants.

YST@DLI program approval

Programs must be approved prior to students starting paid work experience. Download program approval forms.

Programs are not required to be a YST grant recipient to become an approved YST program.

Program guide

The Youth Skills Training Program Guide provides resources to create a new Youth Skills Training program or enhance an existing program.

YST grants awarded 

General information about YST@DLI

More information


Rich Wessels, project manager, or 651-284-5184