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Apprenticeship sponsors are the businesses and organizations that run and manage apprenticeship programs. Throughout Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 15-21, 2021, we featured outstanding apprenticeship program sponsors each day.

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Saturday, Nov. 20

 Rainbow Treecare

Rainbow Treecare

Rainbow Treecare has provided tree care services for over 40 years.

The company’s arborist apprenticeship program was one of the first agriculture industry apprenticeship programs in Minnesota.

Arborist apprentices complete 6,440 hours of paid on-the-job training, 440 hours of technical instruction and more than over 50 hours of safety training to ensure a solid foundation to keep Minnesota’s commercial and residential nature landscape healthy and beautiful. 


Friday, Nov. 19

Twin Ports and Iron Range Electrical JATC

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From the iron ore mines of the Iron Range to the shipping ports of Duluth, the apprentices of the Duluth and Iron Range Electrical JATC apprenticeship programs help to provide the power to keep the north country going strong.

Currently, over 100 apprentices are enrolled in the two programs. The apprentices receive excellent paid training, family sustaining wages, and the support of mentorship from the work ethic of northern Minnesotan’s best.


Thursday, Nov. 18

 Ajax Metal Forming Solutions

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Recognizing the value and range of skills veterans offer, Ajax Metal Forming Solutions has provided many veterans with a new career in manufacturing through their registered apprenticeship program. Apprentices learn new skills from their first day on the job. 


Wednesday, Nov. 17

 Minnesota Operating Engineers JAC

Operating Engineers

Need something moved? Whether its earth or asphalt, concrete or steel, the apprentices of the Minnesota Operating Engineers JAC move and shape the highways and high-rises of Minnesota.

With a state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor training facility located near Hinckley, Minnesota, apprentices can hone their skills year-round on a variety of heavy equipment, no matter what the weather.


Tuesday, Nov. 16

 Minnesota Rural Electric Association

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Many of the apprentices in the powerline worker trade can be found working for electric cooperatives in the rural communities of Minnesota.

To ensure these apprentices are receiving the proper technical and safety training they need, many of these utility providers turn to the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA). For over 75 years the MREA has been providing powerline workers with the training they need to safely keep the lights on in all corners of Minnesota. 


Monday, Nov. 15

Metro Transit

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Metro Transit’s coach operator apprenticeship program has the key to a great career.

Metro Transit is committed to building a strong and skilled workforce. Working side-by-side with experienced drivers, this program offers high-quality paid training with the added value of an extensive mentorship program.