There are several resources available to area employers to support talent development:
The MN Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) provide grants of up to $200,000 to provide training for new jobs located in Greater Minnesota. Funds can be used for training costs including wages for on-the-job training, curriculum development, equipment, facilities, travel, lodging etc. Businesses are provided a grant of $2 for every $1 spent on training related expenses. To be eligible a business must add at least three new jobs and pay at least the median wage for the county, $16.26 for Benton County, $17.58 for Stearns County and $17.93 for Sherburne County.
Recently DAYTA marketing received $42,000 which will be used later this summer for hiring and training new employees.
The Minnesota PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and Industry Experience) Program supports industries in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology. The program works with employers to change the conversation from “How do we find workers with the skills we need?” to “How do we GIVE workers the skills we need?”
PIPELINE exists to support 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.
Recently DeZURIK received a PIPELINE grant of $96,000 to provide tuition support for their machinists at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College for the 2018 school year. DeZURIK intends to apply for another grant for the 2019 school year.
The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program (MJSP) provides grants of up to $400,000 to provide training for both existing and new employees to businesses who partner with accredited Minnesota educational institutions. Grants are awarded to the educational institution to develop and deliver custom training specific to business needs. A cash or in-kind contribution from the participating business must match the grant funds on at least a one-to-one basis.
Recently Park Industries was awarded $350,000 to partner with St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College to deliver customized training for all current and new employees. The customized training will allow the company to keep pace with its business expansion and maintain its lead in the industry.
New Flyer was also awarded $350,000 for customized training which will focus on improving processes, procedures, communications and skills. All employees – including 347 of them new – will receive training in Basic Principles of Business Operations; Introduction to Hoshin Kanri (a lean manufacturing approach); Hoshin Kanri Time Management Level 1; and General Electrical Safety. Select employees will receive additional training in High-Voltage Safety and Hoshin Kanri.
If you think your business might benefit from any of these three training incentive program, please contact Gail Cruikshank, Leslie Dingmann or Larry Hosch at GSDC. We are happy to help explore what might work best for your needs and to work with you to make sure the process for application is as easy as possible.