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A Champion for Manufacturing

Workforce development is a cornerstone of the mission of the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association.

  • Building a skilled workforce for the manufacturing industry is more important than ever, with over 70% of Minnesota manufacturers saying that the inability to attract qualified workers is limiting their ability to grow.
  • MPMA champions strategies to help manufacturers attract and retain skilled workers and advocates for strengthening technical education to train the next generation.

Recent Highlights

MPMA Education Foundation

  • The MPMA Education Foundation supports students entering technical education programs with annual scholarships to qualified students. In 2020, the Foundation awarded five, $2,000 scholarships to 5 students in machining programs.
  • In 2018 and 2020, the Foundation has made two contributions of $30,000 each for scholarships that are offered to new students entering advanced manufacturing programs at Minnesota State colleges. These contributions supplement scholarships offered under the Workforce Development Scholarship program.


Youth Skills Training

In 2017, MPMA spearheaded the legislation that created the Youth Skills Training program and enables more high school students to participate in skills-based training at employer sites.

In 2020, the following MPMA member companies earned YST@DLI grants:

  • Branch Manufacturing will be partnering with North Branch Area Schools.
  • BTD Manufacturing will be partnering with Lakeville Area Schools.
  • K & G Manufacturing will be partnering with Faribault Public Schools.
  • MRG Tool and Die will be partnering with Faribault Public Schools.
  • Permac Industries will be partnering with Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools.
  • TEAM Industries will be partnering with Bemidji Career Academies.
  • Ultra Machining Company (UMC) will be partnering with Monticello Public Schools.

Workforce Development Resources

  • Dual-Training Pipeline Program: Grants to help cover education costs for employees are available through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Minnesota Department of Labor staff members consult with manufacturers of all sizes about their hiring challenges, create a dual-training program that fits their needs, and connects them to resources at no cost.
  • Registered Apprenticeship: Minnesota Department of Labor staff members provide free services to assist employers with the development, registration, and launch of their apprenticeship program. Additionally, the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative offers grants to employers to help cover costs associated with starting a registered apprenticeship program.
  • Minnesota Manufacturered: Operated by the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, this encompasses the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota tour of manufacturing and the educational program, known as 360 eTech. Everything done at the Center is interrelated.
  • The Redemption Project: Providing meaningful employment to reduce recidivism rates in the country with action-oriented partners that provide new beginnings for inmates ready to turn their lives around.
  • Youth Skills Training Program: More than $1 million in grants have been awarded annual for YST programs statewide. The grants are used for marketing, recruitment, training, student certifications, and personnel to manage YST programs.

Member Engagement

MPMA knows that in order to strengthen technical education and help our members with workforce solutions, we need feedback directly from manufacturers. MPMA staff meet regularly with members to discuss talent needs, training programs, and ideas to strengthen training. Contact President/CEO Steve Kalina for more information about:

  • MPMA Academy
  • High School Manufacturing Program