THE MN TRADES ACADEMY (MTA)
Summer 2021 class size reduced following COVID-19 restrictions.
The MN Trades Academy (MTA) is a paid summer construction internship experience for selected Twin Cities area high school youth. The goal is to help youth prepare for adulthood through life-long learning, skill development, and access to good jobs with good benefits in the construction industry. MTA aspires to provide rich, educational, hands-on experiences for participants that help youth learn about construction as a career choice. To achieve this, the Minnesota Trades Academy offers two tracks:
Track I Introduction
An intern receives an overarching six-week introduction to construction career opportunities within the building trades industry (e.g., carpentry, pipefitting and electrical). Interns are also exposed to industry-related careers such as architecture, surveying, estimating, project management, and design build.
Track II Advanced
This opportunity prepares interns to select a construction career path – union apprenticeship training; construction-related post-secondary tracts; or direct entry into the construction workplace, if desired. Over a nine-week period, interns visit up to 16 different apprenticeship training centers where they receive training and supervision from industry experts as they complete projects using both hand and power tools.