health care trainees and instructor

Apprenticeships work

Apprenticeships have been around for centuries as a way to teach skills and trades to the next generation. And today’s apprenticeships offer more opportunities across a broad range of industries. Simply put, they work. Businesses get highly trained talent while experiencing increased productivity. Individuals get to earn while they learn.

Since the 1930s, the registered apprenticeship system has been a stable, predictable pipeline for the development of qualified workers. It combines job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning. Upon completion of a registered apprenticeship program, workers receive an industry-issued, nationally recognized and portable credential.

Benefits for employers:

  • Attract workforce talent by offering a nationally recognized credential after completion of an apprenticeship
  • Build a motivated, highly skilled workforce through customized training and workplace experience
  • Get help customizing your apprenticeship program to precisely fit your organization’s needs
  • Create high levels of commitment and satisfaction among apprenticeship participants that can result in greater employee retention

Benefits for apprentices:

  • Earn a good salary while learning
  • Receive classroom training to learn essential workplace skills
  • Achieve hands-on skill mastery
  • Get nationally recognized credentials
  • Improve one’s job security and value in the workplace

Filling critical vacancies

Employers have found that developing talent through registered apprenticeships results in a more dedicated, flexible and highly skilled workforce poised to rise into leadership positions and make employers more competitive, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce study. In addition, employers with registered apprenticeships were able to broaden their pool of talent and fill critical vacancies. 

In Minnesota, employers in certain high-demand sectors can apply for a Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) grant to help them create or expand registered apprenticeship programs. These grants are available for businesses in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care, information technology and transportation. Approved employers will receive funds to offset their costs related to program development, related instruction and supplies. Employers can receive up to $5,000 for each registered apprentice. MAI is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Employment (DEED) and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) and is funded through a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.