MN’s Dual Training Pipeline Addresses Workforce Needs With Employment-Based Education


At Greater Fergus Falls, we believe a skilled workforce is a crucial component of a thriving community. Unfortunately, communities throughout Minnesota are facing a workforce shortage as baby boomers enter the end stages of the working years.


It’s more important than ever that employers provide the existing and incoming labor force with the training they need to excel. On that note, we wanted to share the details of an exciting opportunity for employers to support employee development: The Minnesota Dual Training Pipeline.


What is the Minnesota Dual Training Pipeline?

The Minnesota Dual Training Pipeline was designed to help address workforce needs now and in the future with an “earn-as-you-learn” approach to employee development.


According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MN DLI), the program “support[s] employers in creating or enhancing a competency-based dual-training approach where workers receive a combination of related instruction strategically paired with on-the-job training.”


Dual training grants are awarded through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for eligible occupations in four high-growth industries:

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Agriculture

  • Health Care Services

  • Information Technology (IT)

Qualified businesses are awarded a grant of up to $150,000 (or $6,000 per student) each year to offer workers employment-based education and develop critical skills. The grant can be used to cover educational expenses related to employee instruction, including industry-recognized degrees, certifications, and credentials.

Benefits of the Minnesota Dual Training Pipeline

The Dual-Training Pipeline offers a mutually beneficial solution for employers and their staff to develop industry-specific skills and knowledge.


In addition to having an active role in your employees’ education, participation in the Pipeline program can set your business apart from competitors in the hiring market. Incentivizing new and existing workers with classroom and hands-on training makes it easier to attract and retain employees. It also helps to reduce turnover. Investing in your employees makes them feel empowered, valued, and more committed to a long-term professional relationship.