Workforce Development Initiatives

New Workforce Development Consultation Program Supports Program Implementation

PIM is deploying several new strategic workforce development initiatives to meet our member’s needs to recruit and train their future workforce.

  1. DO IT YOURSELF – Programs described below support workforce hiring and training needs, and include contact information and instructions for implementing with your company’s internal resources.
  2. EXPERT SUPPORT AVAILABLE – For those seeking support in navigating these opportunities, PIM has created a new program called the PIM Workforce Development Consultation Program. This program is led by two experienced consultants who have already been hard at work uncovering workforce incentives and resources for several PIM members.

Take a look at the opportunities described below for details and next steps. Then, contact our workforce development experts for implementation support.

Community Based Organization Partners

Access candidate pools for workforce recruitment

Goodwill/Easter Seals and Avivo are two community-based organizations (CBOs) that prepare un- or underemployed people for careers in specific industry sectors. PIM has partnered with these CBOs to add Printing to their list of supported industries. Goodwill/Easter Seals and Avivo have candidate pools available now that have successfully passed 60-hours of general pre-employment training. Contact these organizations directly for details on employee recruitment TODAY.


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Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP)

Up to five PIM members to receive significant apprenticeship grant support.

MJSP is a grant program funded by the state of Minnesota designed to support the economic competitiveness of Minnesota businesses, by supporting partnerships to develop or improve employee training. PIM is seeking commitment from up to five PIM members to support an MJSP grant request to develop a print-specific apprentice program.


Email to receive a commitment letter template and details of the program. Support from PIM members would be binding if the MJSP grant is accepted.




Minneapolis Career Pathways

Support funding of pre-employment training

The City of Minneapolis has established funding through the Minneapolis Career Pathways program to assist employers with recruiting, training or preparing un- or underemployed Minneapolis residents with the skills needed to fill positions in their business. PIM is partnering with Minneapolis Career Pathways to support our community-based organization partners, Goodwill/Easter Seals and Avivo, to introduce, identify and develop talent in the print industry.


Submit non-binding letters of intent to participate

PIM needs a strong showing of interest to support the approval of funding by Minneapolis Career Pathways. Commit your interest in hiring candidates from Goodwill/Easter Seal’s and Avivo, by submitting a non-binding letter of interest.

Email for a letter template and submission details.

Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI)

Access direct funding for apprenticeships

PIM is working with the MN Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) and MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to update registered apprenticeship programs for commercial sheetfed and bindery positions. While the curriculum is being updated by PIM, members with employees in MN may submit an application for MAI funding now, before it runs out.


Apply for MAI Funding Now

Click “here” to access the MAI application, or contact LaRohn Latimer, Apprenticeship Field Representative, Program Development, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, at, 651-284-5223.

Federal and State Incentive Programs

Access workforce development resources by state

PIM has uncovered more than thirty programs in our 5-state region that offer strategies and financial support for incumbent worker training and/or developing entry-level positions in graphic communications. These programs can save on expenses related to training employees and offset costs associated with recruitment and new hires. Download workforce development financial incentives and resources by state from the links below.

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  1. For questions about the above programs, email Kris Davis or call her at 612.400.6208.
  2. For support with program implementation, download details of the PIM Workforce Development Consultation Program.