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Advanced manufacturing in Minnesota makes up the largest share of the state’s gross domestic product at 14 percent, contributing over $50.8 billion to Minnesota’s economy. Minnesota exported $19 billion worth of goods in 2020. Manufacturing accounts for more than 309,000 employees with 8,300 manufacturers across the state.

Given manufacturing’s importance in Minnesota, the Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline works with manufacturers to determine their workforce needs. One method of continuing this work is to create tools to address those needs as seen below in the competency models for in-demand occupations in the industry that are well-suited to create dual-training opportunities.  

Validated pyramids and occupational competency summaries


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