Minnesota Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship program combines classroom instruction or education with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a qualified journeyworker in the craft, trade, or profession. Minnesota's voluntary apprenticeship program is governed by the Minnesota Apprenticeship Board, made up of representatives from employee and employer organizations and from the general public (MN Stat. Sec. 178.01). The Board is appointed by the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry.
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The Division of Labor Standards and Apprenticeship provides information, establishes and enforces standards, approves agreements, registers apprenticeship programs, terminates programs if they violate state or federal standards, and monitors apprenticeship programs. It also receives and disburses federal funds and generally works with the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA) to assist employers.
Most apprenticeship programs require a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED). Apprentices must be at least 16 years old. In Minnesota, the average apprenticeship lasts 4 years (MN Stat. Sec. 178.01et seq.).
Agreement. Every apprenticeship relationship is governed by an agreement between the employer and the apprentice. Each agreement must be signed by the employer and the apprentice (or parent or legal guardian if a minor). An agreement must contain industrial standards required under state law, including:
• A provision that the employer will provide at least 2000 hours of reasonably continuous employment and at least 144 hours of related supplementary instruction
• The period of apprenticeship and the trade or craft to be learned
• The sequence of processes the apprentice is to be taught, the time ...

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