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APEX Construction Career Readiness Training Grants

Apprenticeship Minnesota at the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announces the availability of up to $225,000 for career readiness and pre-apprenticeship training for women and minorities. The grants are part of Apprenticeship Minnesota's APEX initiative to increase participation of women and minorities in registered apprenticeships in construction.

The grant’s performance period is Feb. 1, 2018, (or date of executed contract, whichever comes later) through July 31, 2018.


The purpose of this grant is to provide funds to construction training organizations to recruit, train and place women and minorities in registered apprenticeship programs. There are currently more than 11,000 registered apprentices in Minnesota. However, minorities and women currently represent a quarter of those participants.

Application deadline

The deadline to submit a written proposal to DLI is 4:30 p.m. CST on Jan 15, 2018. Proposals will be accepted from construction registered apprenticeship training programs in Minnesota serving the targeted population. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

Details and apply


Submit questions through Jan. 5, 2018, to ApprGrants.DLI@state.mn.us. Responses to questions will be posted here on or before the day after the question was received.

Questions submitted about the grant

I am hoping you can provide me with a contact or a link for further information regarding the process to become a registered construction training organization. 

Allstar Construction is looking to begin a training program and would like to take advantage of the partnerships and grants available through the State of Minnesota.  At this time, based on what I read regarding the APEX grants, we do not qualify as we haven’t yet formalized our training and do not possess previous experience.  Any help you can provide, in pointing me in the correct direction, is appreciated.

Due to the short time frame of this grant opportunity, this funding is available to programs that have existing registered apprenticeship programs in place.

Please visit http://www.dli.mn.gov/Appr.asp for information about Minnesota registered apprenticeship. If you have further questions about starting a program please contact the Department of Labor and Industry's Apprenticeship unit through any of the following methods:

  • fax a letter on your company letterhead to (651) 284-5740 requesting information to assist you in preparing for a visit from an apprenticeship training field representative;
  • call (651) 284-5005 or 1-800-342-5354 and request more information;
  • write to the Apprenticeship Unit, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155;
  • email dli.apprenticeship@state.mn.us

DLI will be happy to answer questions and help you get started in the process.

APEX Construction Career Readiness Training Grants are entirely funded through a $1.5 million U.S. DOL Apprenticeship State Expansion Grant to DLI to expand apprenticeship opportunities for women and minorities in Minnesota.

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