Minneapolis Employment and Training
Business/Employer Services & Tools
The Minneapolis Employment and Training Program (METP) provides a variety of tools and links to assist Minneapolis businesses with employment, training and recruitment. Contact Mark Brinda at (612) 673-6231 to learn how METP can help support your business.
Minneapolis is a great place to recruit your workforce.
- 85% of area residents hold a high school diploma or the equivalent, and Minnesota has one of the highest graduation rates in the nation. (Source: U.S. Census)
- Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks first in the U.S. as having the most intelligent citizens. (Source: MSNBC)
- 44% of Minneapolis residents of working age hold at least a two-year degree. (Source: Minnesota Private College Research Foundation)
The City of Minneapolis can assist businesses with workforce recruitment, training, and referral.
- Through the help of the City’s network of experienced employment service providers, you can easily reach your desired candidates.
- Providers screen and refer qualified applicants for open positions at your company. Job candidates are pre-screened by certified career development professionals; many candidates have recently completed training to upgrade their skills.
- Providers can offer assistance in recruiting and hiring a diverse workforce.
- Through the network, you can broadcast your company’s job opening quickly and for free, to pre-screened and qualified candidates.
- METP can work with you to apply to the Minnesota Job Skill Partnership Board, a state-funding source that provides dollars to help train your current workforce or to create customized training for your future workforce.
- RENEW, a collaborative project between the City of Minneapolis and Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, builds capacity for green enterprise in the Twin Cities by strategically connecting businesses with a trained workforce. RENEW won a Silver Award for Excellence in Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and was named one of the top three federally-funded Pathway Out of Poverty programs nationally.
The City of Minneapolis can help your company's bottom line.
- The City offers assistance from a professional labor market analyst who can help you find and understand labor market data and industry trends that impact your business.
- If a new development is sought, the City will work with you to create a Workforce Plan to help you maximize the community benefit of your investment.
- The Minneapolis Job Linkage Program provides a framework for city economic development programs and projects. Job Linkage agreements encourage businesses to establish five-year job hiring and retention goals, hire Minneapolis residents and pay living wages
- The City provides information and technical assistance on programs that could lower your tax bill.
- The City can direct you to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), a Federal tax credit incentive that the Congress provides to private-sector businesses for hiring individuals from nine target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.
How you can help shape the future workforce.
- Participate in the City’s STEP-UP youth employment program by hiring interns and mentoring career-minded and motivated youth who are ready to do real work. The program prepares, trains, and places hundreds of Minneapolis youth in local jobs each summer. STEP-UP interns work hard and learn quickly; bring energy and diversity to your workplace; can help meet your summer workforce needs at a low cost.
CPED also provides Business Assistance and Finance Programs to assist Minneapolis businesses.
Following are links to the City of Minneapolis partners' services as additional resources to help you succeed.
Employment and Training
- Minnesota Job Bank
- Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED)
- The Shared Work Program
Labor and Demographic Trends
- Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
- Minneapolis Development Review
- Minneapolis Living Wage Ordinance and Job Linkage Programs
Education, Training and Research
- Minnesota Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge (ISEEK)
- James J. Hill Reference Library
- Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
- Hennepin County Libraries
- City of Minneapolis Business Associations (PDF)
- Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Minneapolis Downtown Council
- Downtown Network
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota
City staff can help!
Contact Mark Brinda at (612) 673-6231 to learn how METP can help support your business.
Last updated Apr. 1, 2014