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February 2017 Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) update

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The Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) grant is an effective, highly successful model of collaboration among state agencies. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) is the recognized state authority for apprenticeship and has a lengthy history of developing new registered apprenticeship programs; the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) assists with employer engagement, outreach, marketing and grant management. The program development and grant management components have been streamlined among agencies to provide a customer-service focused process for employers.

Eight new apprenticeship programs have been registered under MAI:

  • Owens Corning — Minneapolis: maintenance mechanic
  • Viracon — Owatonna: maintenance mechanic
  • Roseau County Ford — Roseau: automotive mechanic
  • Three Links Care Center — Northfield: health support specialist
  • Good Shepherd — Rushford: health support specialist
  • Caledonia Care Center — Caledonia: health support specialist
  • Fairview Health Services (multiple locations): bachelor of science in nursing
  • Jim Lupient Automotive — St. Louis Park: automotive technician

As of Jan. 31, 2017, there are 115 active apprentices in the eight programs above. All employers with active apprentices have mentioned the benefits of beginning their programs:

  • higher productivity and retention,
  • reduced turnover and,
  • assistance with recruitment.

Four employers are in the final stages of completing their program:

  • K&G Manufacturing — Faribault: Maintenance mechanic standards signed and enrollments are planned to begin early 2017.
  • Ever-Green Energy — St. Paul: Maintenance mechanic and welder standards expected to be done and enrollments beginning in March 2017.
  • Hennepin County Medical Center — Minneapolis: Medical assistant standards were sent for signature in December 2016, enrollment beginning February 2017.
  • Gold N Plump — St. Cloud: Station mechanic program is in draft completion and plans to start enrollments in February 2017.

Eight employers from the original group of grantees will create their standards in 2017:

  • Fairview Health Services (multiple locations): DNP
  • Potlatch — Bemidji: mechatronics
  • Norbord — Bemidji: mechatronics
  • Nortech Systems — Bemidji: mechatronics
  • Marvin Doors and Windows — Bemidji: mechatronics
  • Luther Automotive Group — St. Louis Park: automotive technician
  • Gold N Plump — St. Cloud: maintenance mechanic and automotive mechanic
  • CentraCare — St. Cloud: community health worker

Fifty-one employers submitted applications to become part of the MAI grant during the fall grant round in 2016, requesting a total of 1,019 apprentice slots. Forty-two employers from this group requested development of registered apprenticeship programs in apprenticeable occupations, accounting for 724 apprenticeship slots.

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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