Larry Sillanpa

The U.S. Dept. of Labor has awarded millions in grant money to support registered apprenticeship programs, including the newly formed Minnesota Regional Training Partnership.

The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute partners with Jobs for the Future and labor-management groups to expand and enhance apprenticeship for production workers in the manufacturing sector in eight states, including Minnesota. The project replicates the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) hybrid manufacturing apprenticeship partnership with unions and employers. It will promote the growth of manufacturing and advance the skills of production workers.

The apprenticeship grants are part of a larger push by the Obama Administration to highlight the need for affordable, quality career and education choices for students and workers.

“We are proud of the professional skills that Minnesota union apprenticeship programs already provide to workers,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson. “As we look at innovative ways to combat income inequality and to raise wages for all workers, apprenticeship programs should be at the center of that discussion.”