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Skilled Manufacturing Customized Training Program

New program available through Jan. 15, 2015

Minnesota's new Skilled Manufacturing Customized Training Program is designed to create skilled workers for current and projected manufacturing openings and to meet the needs of Minnesota employers that have
customized training programs.

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Academic instruction and job-related learning

The Minnesota Legislature passed funding for this program in 2013. The legislation directs DLI to collaborate with Alexandria Community and Technical College, Central Lakes College, Century College and Hennepin Technical
to develop a program for manufacturing industries that integrates academic instruction and job-related learning in the workplace. State funding for this program ends Jan. 15, 2015.

The program is employee-centered. A student would take some classes at the school and get training at the manufacturer's worksite. The employer pays wages to the participant (new employee), who is hired to produce
work and learn. This program is designed to provide:

  • training for a variety of workers in a high-demand industry, such as
    dislocated workers, secondary and postsecondary school participants,
    individuals with disabilities, retired or disabled veterans, etc.;
  • employment for workers during training and unsubsidized
    employment upon program completion; and
  • employers in high-tech manufacturing industries with skilled employees.


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