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Grant expands Registered Apprenticeship opportunities

Mar 26, 2018

DES MOINES — The United States Department of Labor announced that Iowa is one of the states to receive second round funds for the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grants in an amount over $1 million.

“This additional funding to further grow Registered Apprenticeship in Iowa affirms the positive progress we’re making to unleash opportunities in Iowa,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said. “Registered Apprenticeship expansion will help Iowans get the skills they need to start a rewarding career.”

In November of 2016, Iowa received $1.8 million in the first round of funding for the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grants. Iowa has been using those funds to expand Registered Apprenticeship Programs in diverse industries, including health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology as well as encouraging more women, veterans, minorities, and people with disabilities to explore Registered Apprenticeship careers.

Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said the additional grant funding will further build upon the momentum created through the first grant.

“The news Iowa is receiving another round of funding comes at a very opportune time,” Director Townsend said. “We just launched a new Registered Apprenticeship website to help job seekers and employers learn about Registered Apprenticeship opportunities and next steps. This funding will help us continue expanding and enhancing our efforts.”

Expanding Registered Apprenticeship Programs is an important strategy in the state’s Future Ready Iowa Initiative, which aims to ensure that 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce have education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. A Registered Apprenticeship provides hands-on experience and education, and allow participants to earn while they learn.

Iowa is considered a national Registered Apprenticeship leader. Gov. Kim Reynolds was appointed to President Donald Trump’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion and is a staunch advocate of the Registered Apprenticeship model. Greer Sisson, State Director for the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship, oversees the Registered Apprenticeship system in Iowa.

Approximately an additional $50 million dollars is being distributed to states to increase access to Registered Apprenticeship opportunities as part of the grant continuation awards.

Visit earnandlearniowa.gov to learn more about starting a Registered Apprenticeship Program in Iowa.

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