Iowa Receives Federal Funding to Grow Registered Apprenticeships

March 29, 2018

The state of Iowa has been awarded $1 million by the Department of Labor to expand registered apprenticeship programs. This is the second round of funding that Iowa has received from the RegisteredUSA State Expansion Grants program. Iowa received $1.8 million from the program in November 2016. The funding coincides with the Legislature’s recent passage of the Future Ready Iowa Act, which seeks to upskill Iowa’s workforce by encouraging businesses to create more apprenticeship programs. Iowa is seen as a leader among states when it comes to apprenticeships, and Gov. Reynolds was appointed by Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to serve on President Trump’s Taskforce of Apprenticeship Expansion last year.