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Dual Training Grants

Expanding dual training and apprenticeship programs in Minnesota



The Minnesota Legislature established the PIPELINE Project in 2014 to expand dual training and apprenticeship programs in Minnesota. In 2017, the project transitioned into a sustainable program.

In 2015, the Minnesota legislature created the Dual Training Grant program with the intent to help employers and partnering training providers deliver a dual training program for employees lacking industry-developed occupational competency standards. The Office of Higher Education (OHE) is administering these grants, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). DLI is working with Minnesota business leaders to identify occupations and competencies within the PIPELINE industries.

Training Opportunity

Tuesday, March 6th, 1:00-4:00 p.m. @ OHE

OHE invites MN Employers (potential applicants and current grantees) to learn more about grant pathways and the upcoming application for the PIPELINE Program: Dual Training Grant. Starting the search for a grant can quickly become a daunting process, especially for employers who are new to grants. Join OHE and a panel of experts in learning about best practices for employers to search for, apply, and administer grants. Then, delve into the upcoming application for the Dual Training Grant. OHE, DLI, and Dual Training Grant Grantees will provide guidance on how employers can select training providers and design on-the-job training plans.

Next Grant Round

Round #6 Opens April 16th, 2018.

Competency Standards Identified

Dual Training Grant applicants may apply under occupations in four industries that have been identified by DLI through their work with Minnesota business leaders. Below are occupation planning guides for all identified occupations and competencies:

Program Inventories

Inventories of related instruction education and training providers are available for each of the PIPELINE industries and can be used by employers to develop a dual-training program (M.S. 136A.246 subd. 3). The inventories are available on DLI's website at the following links:

Contact Us

For Dual Training Grant Questions (applicant and grantee documents): please contact OHE at or (651) 355-0609

For PIPELINE Program Questions: please contact DLI at

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