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ERS New Hires 2006 096
originally uploaded by wizhard.

I don’t know if this is true in every state but Minnesota as a program to provide matching funds for companies that want to provide training for their employees.  The program is a called Minnesota Job Skills Partnership.  It’s part of the Minnesota Department of Economic Opportunity.

The program focuses on different types of grants by the major ones are for training the stimulates employment (new hire training) and retraining potentially displaced workers.  The way the grant works is that a company works with a Minnesota college to submit a grant proposal.  The college administers the grant and provides services which can include subcontracting to consultants and other training providers.  The company must then match the grant either in cash or inkind services.  This includes paying the wages of employees who go through training.

I’ve worked on serveral of these grants with Century College and Dakota Technical College.  Both are great schools with a lot of good programs.  I’d be interested in know about similar programs elsewhere.

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