‘It’s not just for trades anymore’: How apprenticeships have taken off in Iowa

“Iowa boasts the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation, at 2.6% as of October 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But with a shortage of qualified, available workers, job growth stalls. So Iowa has turned to apprenticeship programming to upskill workers and help the business meet demand.

Seeing value in registered apprenticeship programs managed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the state views apprenticeships as a worthwhile workforce tool, according to Jill Lippincott, project manager with the Iowa Economic Development Authority. In 2014, the state enacted the Iowa Apprenticeship Act, providing $3 million in funding annually”


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