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Apprenticeship Minnesota at the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announces the availability of $60,000 in funding to support career exploration programs that will introduce youth to careers through registered apprenticeship. DLI seeks program proposals that include demographics currently underrepresented in apprenticeship. 


An informational webinar about the grant was Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.


There are currently more than 11,000 active apprentices today. However, people of color, Indigenous people, veterans, individuals living with disabilities and females remain underrepresented in registered apprenticeship. The purpose of this opportunity is to support career exploration programs that provide hands-on engaging experiences and introduce these underrepresented groups to registered apprenticeship. 


Deliver career exploration programming with the goal of helping prepare and support diverse participants for career paths into registered apprenticeship programs.


Proposals will be accepted from Minnesota non-profit community-based organizations, Minnesota associations, schools, registered apprenticeship program sponsors or tribal nations having the ability to serve the targeted populations. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis. To qualify, applicants must have the ability to provide a quality career exploration program(s) that delivers a meaningful hands-on experience related to the industry being explored. Registered apprenticeship programs must have at least one community-based partner to assist with recruiting participants and/or providing participants with support and wrap-around services. Other applicants need to partner with a minimum of two registered apprenticeship programs for the hands-on training. 

Performance period: the date the contract is fully executed and concluding by Dec. 31, 2021. Proposals will not be accepted after Jan. 20, 2021.

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