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The Youth Skills Training (YST) program encourages, promotes and supports the development of local partnerships between schools, employers and community organizations. These local partnerships provide students with related classroom instruction, safety training, industry-recognized credentials and paid work experience in the high-growth, in-demand occupations of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, health care, and information technology. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) awards grants to local partnerships to create, implement and expand YST programs throughout Minnesota. Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to achieve program objectives through various means including outreach, education, training, and supportive services for students. The goal of the YST program is to create pathways for students to high-growth in-demand occupations and support industry with future talent. 

Application period

Round seven grant timeline

  • Jan. 8 to Feb. 9, 2024:  Grants applications open

  • Feb. 23 to March 15, 2024:  Grant review period

  • April 16, 2024:  Grant recipients announced

  • July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2026:  Grant performance period

Application materials will be available here on Jan. 8, 2024.

A total of $1.5 million is available in YST Grant funding on an annual basis. Grant awards may not exceed $100,000 per local partnership.  

Grants awarded

Youth Skills Training Grants were recently awarded to the following organizations, which will receive and split $1.5 million in funding to be used for programs from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025. 

  • Alexandria Area High School

  • Breckenridge High School

  • Career Solutions (Sterns and Benton counties)

  • Edina Public Schools

  • Faribault Public Schools

  • Hibbing School District

  • ISD #728 (Elk River, Otsego, Rogers, Zimmerman)

  • Minnewaska Area High School

  • Monticello Public Schools

  • North Branch Area High School

  • Owatonna Public Schools

  • Princeton Public Schools

  • Sourcewell (Staples)

  • Stillwater Area High Schools

  • Venture Academy High School (Minneapolis)

  • Windom Area High School

  • Workforce Development, Inc. (southeast Minnesota)


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