Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Training Opportunities for Individuals

As your workforce partners, the Department of Labor and Regulation offers a vast variety of training and education programs to help ensure employers have the skilled workforce needed and to help individuals realize their potential as employees.

DLR is prepared to adapt and customize its education and job training programs to meet the needs of participants and the changing demands of employers. Enrollment in training programs comes with excellent case management and the full array of services DLR offers job seekers. Program length varies by program and by the provider (school or business).


Education Training Programs

DLR offers tuition assistance for eligible individuals in need of training to secure employment in an programs that increase knowledge, skills, and abilities in the workplace. The Eligible Training Programs have been reviewed to ensure a high-wage and high-demand job upon completion of the training. To find out more, contact your local job service office or begin the process to request services online.

SD UpSkill

SD UpSkill provides funding for eligible individuals to attend a certificate program at one of the state’s four technical colleges. All applications begin at the technical colleges, and a list of programs and more details can be found here.

Post-Secondary Success Modules

DLR also offers Post-Secondary Success Modules to help you prepare to be a student.


Employment Training Programs

On-The Job Training

On-the-Job Training (OJT) is provided by an employer to a paid participant engaged in productive work and enrolled specific DLR programs. An OJT provides knowledge or skills essential to the performance of the job while the employer is reimbursed up to 50% of the wage rate of the participant. To find out more, contact your local job service office or begin the process to request services online.

Work Experience

A Work Experience is a planned, structured learning experience in a workplace for a limited period of time. Work experience may be paid or unpaid, as appropriate. A Work Experience provides participants with opportunities for skill development and must include academic and occupational education. To find out more, contact your local job service office or begin the process to request services online.

Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program provides part-time work experience and training opportunities to South Dakota residents 55 years and older. Earn an income and a chance to obtain unsubsidized employment. Learn how to participate.


Registered Apprenticeships

Registered Apprenticeship programs are available through the U.S. Department of Labor. This training system produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy.

The Office of Apprenticeship will create a flexible training program appropriate for the business, combining on-the-job training with theoretical and practical classroom instruction. South Dakota has more than 100 Registered Apprenticeship programs in such industries as construction, dental, municipalities, health services, fire protection, fire medic, electric, plumbing and building maintenance.

Learn more about the Registered Apprenticeship program.

Learn more about the South Dakota labor market conditions on the apprenticeable occupation(s) you are considering.