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. Workforce development is a cornerstone of our mission. MPMA leads several workforce training programs that connect employers to employees, and we also partner with other workforce development and training programs in Minnesota.
MPMA has partnered with Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce for a Pipeline Dual Training Grant program at Anoka Technical College for an entry-level machine tool program. In 2023, MPMA also applied for a second grant for next-level training. Trainees must be employees of a company (as of the first day of training) and the training expenses are completely covered by the grant (through the Office of Higher Education and managed by the Department of Labor & Industry).
If you are interested in sending an employee to this training, please reach out to MPMA Workforce Development Coordinator contact us for more information.
The MPMA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity that supports students entering manufacturing-related programs with annual scholarships to qualified students. In 2022, the Foundation awarded eight $2,000 scholarships to students in manufacturing-related programs.
In 2018 and 2020, the Foundation 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.
In 2017, MPMA spearheaded the legislation that created the Youth Skills Training program, enabling more high school students to participate in skills-based training at employer sites.
Some examples of MPMA member companies that have earned YST@DLI grants include:
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 connect them to resources at no cost.
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.
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MSAMCOE represents the entire Mn State Colleges and Universities system to work closely with technical and community colleges, the K-12 education system, and industry, to develop effective resources and deliver education to meet industry needs. MSAMCOE also created the “Minnesota Manufactured” branding as a way to engage youth and bring awareness to the industry.
Grants of up to $400,000 are awarded to the educational institution to develop and deliver custom training specific to business needs. Minnesota participating businesses must partner with an accredited Minnesota educational institution. Funds may be used for training-related costs such as curriculum development, instruction, training materials and supplies, training equipment, and instructor travel. A cash or in-kind contribution from the participating business must match the grant funds on at least a one-to-one basis.
Requests for wage subsidies and tuition reimbursement are not eligible. However, wages paid to employees during training may be counted towards the required matching contribution.
This program provides grants to new or expanding businesses located in Greater Minnesota for the purpose of training workers as quickly and efficiently as possible.
This program provides grants to small businesses for the purpose of training existing workers on new automation technology.