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May 24 Industry Council meeting

Thank you for joining our PIPELINE Industry Council meeting -- the first in our speaker series. We welcomed Amy Tolbert, Ph.D., CSP, who led a conversation titled "Talking 'bout My Generation."

What is the Minnesota PIPELINE Program?

 View a handout that explains the Minnesota PIPELINE Program (PDF)

The Minnesota PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and
ndustry Experience) Program is an innovative approach to address current and future workforce needs. It serves as a catalyst for developing industry-based, employer-driven, dual-training programs throughout the state.

The program targets four high-growth industry sectors with limited experience with Minnesota’s apprenticeship system:

By leveraging Minnesota’s success with registered apprenticeship and focusing on the targeted industries, the PIPELINE Program is assisting employers to change the question from "How do we get workers with the skills we need?" to "How do we give workers the skills we need?" Dual training, like apprenticeship, is an earn-as-you-learn approach where the employer invests in its employee by building a training infrastructure, developing career pathways and investing in the employee’s education.

The objectives of the PIPELINE Program are:

  • engage employers, educators, labor and public agencies to support employment-based education;
  • enhance Minnesota’s skilled workforce; and
  • expand dual-training and registered apprenticeship in Minnesota

Leaders from the advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology industries inform and direct the work of the PIPELINE Program.

Groups of subject-matter experts identify, define and validate occupational competencies for industry-identified PIPELINE occupations. View a map of employers using the PIPELINE Program.

Dual-training experience
The PIPELINE Program supports employers to develop and expand dual-training through tools and technical support. Dual-training grants, administered by Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE), provide funding for employers to create new dual-training programs and provide dual-training opportunities.

Video: Overview of the Minnesota PIPELINE Program

Get involved

  • Sign-up for the PIPELINE Program Industry Council email list (above, right).
  • Participate in Industry Councils.
  • Assist in identifying and validating occupational competencies.
  • Begin dual-training and registered apprenticeship programs.
  • Contact Annie Welch, PIPELINE Program manager, if you have any additional questions.

PIPELINE Program status update

BuhlerSuccess in the field
PIPELINE Program programs have been implemented at companies including Buhler, Inc., Fairview Health Services, Jones Metal and AWT Flexographic.

View stories about how these companies are finding success with the Minnesota PIPELINE Program.


PIPELINE Program industries and occupations

DLI convenes Industry Councils and competency councils to develop occupational competency standards for identified high-demand occupations in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology. View each industry council's Web page for more information about its validated occupations.

What is a dual-training experience?

A dual-training experience is a structured educational system for an employee that follows a list of guidelines to improve on-the-job-performance, employee occupation credentials and improve wages. To qualify for the dual-training program you must:

  • be an employee of the participating employer, and
  • follow a compiled list of industry specific competency standards while participating in related instruction and on-the-job training.

What is a dual-training grant? How do I apply?

Employers can use dual-training grant awards to train employees in an occupation for which a competency standard has been identified in one of the four PIPELINE industries. The employers must have an agreement with a training institution or program to provide the competency training. The Office of Higher Education is administering these grants, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Industry.

 Read more about the PIPELINE Program dual-training grants and how to apply.

PIPELINE Program resources

PIPELINE Program materials (PDFs)

Past PIPELINE Program reports (PDFs)

News articles

Other materials

Questions or comments about the Minnesota PIPELINE Program?

Contact Annie Welch, PIPELINE Program manager, at (651) 284-5353 or Annie.Welch@state.mn.us.

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