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Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI)

About MAI

In October 2015, Minnesota was awarded a $5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) as part of its American Apprenticeship Initiative to expand registered apprenticeship as a workforce development tool in five industries:

  • advanced manufacturing,
  • agriculture,
  • health care services,
  • information technology, and
  • transportation.

Throughout the next five years, Minnesota will engage more than 100 employers in developing registered apprenticeship programs to recruit, train and retain 1,000 new apprentices in 30 occupations. Grants are awarded to approved employers to assist them with costs associated with developing registered apprenticeship programs. The grant is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).


Recent registered apprenticeship programs created through the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative include:

Leaders from Fairview Health Services, DLI and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (above) gathered Feb. 21, 2017, to celebrate the registration of Fairview Health Service’s newly established Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) registered apprenticeship program created through MAI. As many as 170 apprentices are expected to enroll in Fairview’s program, which will be the largest BSN program in the United States.

Owens Corning apprentices   Viracon apprentices

Owens Corning in Minneapolis recently created an advanced manufacturing registered apprenticeship program through the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative.


Viracon in Owatonna brought on two apprentices through its advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program created with assistance from the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative.

Mt. Olivet Rolling Acres staff

Mt. Olivet Rolling Acres developed a direct support professional apprenticeship program and is the first employer through the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative to register that occupation. Mt. Olivet Rolling Acres plans to enroll 30 apprentices throughout the next three years to work at group homes throughout the metro area. Staff from Mt. Olivet Rolling Acres, DLI, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and three new apprentices gathered to mark the creation of the new program.

Businesses working toward or that have created registered apprenticeship programs through MAI include:

Alliance Machine - Elk River
Good Shepherd Lutheran
Services - Rushford
Owens Corning - Minneapolis
Buhler - Plymouth
Hennepin County Medical
Center - Minneapolis
Pequot Tool and Manufacturing - Pequot Lakes
Caledonia Care and
Rehab - Caledonia
K&G Manufacturing - Faribault
Potlatch - Bemidji
CentraCare - St. Cloud
Marvin Windows - Bemidji
Roseau County Ford - Roseau
Ever-Green Energy - St. Paul
Matrix Home Health Care - Edina
Three Links - Northfield
Fairview Health Services -
multiple locations
Mount Olivet Rolling Acres - Chanhassen
Viracon - Owatonna
FORD Asset - multiple locations
Norbord Minnesota - Bemidji
Wells Technology, Inc - Bemidji
Gold N Plump - St. Cloud
Nortech Systems - Bemidji

Recent updates about MAI

April 2017:
A new round of grants will be open from May 10 to June 14, 2017. Check back after May 10 to download application materials.

February 2017:
As of Feb. 1, 2017, there are 115 active MAI apprentices in eight programs with more expected soon. Read more updates here ...

October 2016:
The fall grant Round closed Oct 26, 2016. Applicants can expect to hear a response from the MAI team by mid-November. If you are an employer interested in becoming part of the MAI grant, contact Carrie Fink at Carrie.Fink@state.mn.us or (651) 259-7252.

Spring 2016:
The MAI team engages participants identified during the grant process to assist in the development and registration of their apprenticeship program standards. Apprenticeship standards describe a program’s requirements as well as the selection, supervision and compensation of apprentices. The standards also outline an apprentice’s on-the-job experience and required safety instruction. MAI will announce the first newly approved programs in July 2016.

Winter 2015:
DLI and DEED assemble a team to launch, implement and administer MAI.

Fall 2015:
U.S. DOL awards Minnesota a $5 million grant to expand apprenticeship in Minnesota.

Spring 2015:
DEED and DLI form a new partnership and apply for a U.S. DOL grant to expand registered apprenticeship in five industries: advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, information technology and transportation.

Information shared about the spring 2017 grant round

Two optional webinars were offered to help employers apply for a recent MAI grant. Both webinars answered questions and walked through the application process.

Webinar details:

Additional Information:

MAI grantee resources

MAI team contacts:

  • LaRohn Latimer
    Apprenticeship Field Representative -- Program Development
    Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    Larohn.Latimer@state.mn.us, (651) 284-5223
    443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155

  • Carrie Fink
    Grant Project Manager
    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Carrie.Fink@state.mn.us, (651) 259-7252
    1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101

  • Leslie Philmon
    Apprenticeship Field Representative
    Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    Leslie.Philmon@state.mn.us, (651) 284-5330
    443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155
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