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Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI)

MAI offers grants to assist employers with costs associated with developing apprenticeship programs. Employers can receive up to $5,000 for each apprentice to help cover costs including apprenticeship-related supplies, materials, instruction and infrastructure.

The goal of MAI is to help more than 100 employers develop apprenticeship programs to recruit, train and retrain 1,000 new apprentices in the industries of:

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

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Resources for applicants

Success with MAI

Employers that have created apprenticeship programs with the help of MAI grants include:

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.

     
Owens Corning apprentices   Viracon apprentices

Owens Corning in Minneapolis created an advanced manufacturing 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.

View more employers that have created apprenticeship programs through MAI.

MAI grantee resources

Questions about MAI or apprenticeship? Contact us.

  • Carrie Fink
    MAI Grant Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Carrie.Fink@state.mn.us, (651) 259-7252

  • LaRohn Latimer
    Apprenticeship Field Representative, Program Development, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    Larohn.Latimer@state.mn.us, (651) 284-5223

  • Leslie Philmon
    Apprenticeship Field Representative, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    Leslie.Philmon@state.mn.us, (651) 284-5330

MAI is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) and is funded through a $5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Labor.

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