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Construction Career Readiness funding

Construction Career Readiness Training Funding applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Apprenticeship Minnesota at the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announces the availability of up to $300,000 in additional funding to support construction career readiness/pre-apprenticeship programming to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a registered apprenticeship program in the construction trades. DLI seeks program proposals that target people of color and/or women — demographics currently underrepresented in construction and apprenticeship. Performance period: A period beginning on your proposed date, or the date the contract is fully executed (whichever is later) concluding by June 30, 2019. Proposals will not be accepted after Jan. 30, 2020.


Support construction orientation and readiness training that prepares women and people of color for careers in the construction trades through registered apprenticeship. There are currently more than 12,000 active apprentices today. However, females and people of color participation account for 7 and 20 percent of that total, respectively. This funding opportunity is made possible through a $3.3 million U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Expansion Grant to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to facilitate and support the expansion of registered apprenticeship in Minnesota.


Recruit people of color and/or female participants and deliver construction career readiness/pre-apprenticeship training that results in the placement of participants into a registered apprenticeship program.


Proposals will be accepted from registered apprenticeship construction training programs in Minnesota serving the targeted population on a competitive basis. To qualify, pre-apprenticeship programs will need to provide quality training that delivers entry requisites to construction apprenticeship, provides for meaningful hands-on training that does not displace paid employees and has at least two community-based partners that could assist with recruiting participants and/or provide them with support and wrap-around services. Proposals are accepted on a continual basis while funds remain, and are reviewed monthly. 

Application materials


For help with questions about the funding or to request technical assistance, contact Betsy Adamson at or 651-284-5196.