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Senator Ragan says federal funds will boost Iowa’s skilled workers

This news story was published on September 3, 2016.
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From Senator Amanda Ragan –

Amanda Ragan

Amanda Ragan

Funding from the U.S. Department of Labor will help build on Iowa’s efforts to increase our number of skilled workers.

Iowa Workforce Development has been awarded a $200,000 ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grant to help us do more with our apprenticeship programs. The funding will help Iowa expand apprenticeships in a variety of industries, including advanced manufacturing, health care, IT, construction and transportation.

The fact that Iowa has tripled state funds to support apprenticeships helped us qualify for the federal money. In 2014, the Legislature established the Iowa Apprenticeship Act to grow the number of registered apprentices with training grants for eligible programs. Iowa is one of 14 states that have increased apprentices by more than 20 percent.

Apprenticeships are a proven path to high-quality, good-paying jobs. Apprenticeships train employees in a variety of occupations that require a wide range of skills and knowledge. Workers can earn while taking part in structured learning and on-the-job training. Upon completion of an apprenticeship program, participants receive an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency.

Apprenticeships prepare Iowans for good jobs and provide employers with the skilled workers they need—but the benefits to our economy don’t stop there. For every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers receive an average of $1.47 return in increased productivity and innovation.

Learn more about Iowa apprenticeships and what they can offer you at

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2 Responses to Senator Ragan says federal funds will boost Iowa’s skilled workers

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Phooey !

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 3, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Yes – they need more skill ! That person that broke in to Tailgatters bar would not have been caught if he had obtained more SKILL.