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    Subdivision 1. Academic instruction and work-related learning. Comprehensive youth
apprenticeship programs and other work-based learning programs under the education and
employment transitions system must integrate academic instruction and work-related learning
in the classroom and at the workplace. Schools, in collaboration with learners' employers, must
use competency-based measures to evaluate learners' progress in the program. Learners who
successfully complete the program must receive academic and occupational credentials from the
participating school.
    Subd. 2. Youth apprenticeship programs. (a) A comprehensive youth apprenticeship
program must require representatives of secondary and postsecondary school systems, affected
local businesses, industries, occupations and labor, as well as the local community, to be
actively and collaboratively involved in advising and managing the program and ensuring, in
consultation with local private industry councils, that the youth apprenticeship program meets
local labor market demands, provides student apprentices with the high skill training necessary
for career advancement, meets applicable state graduation requirements and labor standards, pays
apprentices for their work and provides support services to program participants.
(b) Local employers, collaborating with labor organizations where appropriate, must assist
the program by analyzing workplace needs, creating work-related curriculum, employing and
adequately paying youth apprentices engaged in work-related learning in the workplace, training
youth apprentices to become skilled in an occupation, providing student apprentices with a
workplace mentor, periodically informing the school of an apprentice's progress, and making a
reasonable effort to employ youth apprentices who successfully complete the program.
(c) A student participating in a comprehensive youth apprenticeship program must sign a
youth apprenticeship agreement with participating entities that obligates youth apprentices,
their parents or guardians, employers, and schools to meet program requirements; indicates
how academic instruction, work-based learning, and worksite learning and experience will be
integrated; ensures that successful youth apprentices will receive a recognized credential of
academic and occupational proficiency; and establishes the wage rate and other benefits for which
youth apprentices are eligible while employed during the program.
(d) Secondary school principals, counselors, or business mentors familiar with the education
to employment transitions system must inform entering secondary school students about available
occupational and career opportunities and the option of entering a youth apprenticeship or other
work-based learning program to obtain postsecondary academic and occupational credentials.
History: 1993 c 224 art 14 s 17; 1993 c 335 s 3; 1993 c 374 s 25; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 4 s
24,25; 1998 c 397 art 3 s 103

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