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When it comes to businesses, there’s one challenge that undoubtedly rises to the top: a significant talent shortage and skills gap that hinders companies’ efforts to expand, innovate and thrive. That’s where Registered Apprenticeship comes in! With this program, you can recruit, train and retain workers to build a workforce that meets your needs.

Best of all, you’ll receive support to help build your program to ensure it meets industry standards – in fields that include everything from construction and healthcare to IT, advanced manufacturing and more.  And offering Registered Apprenticeship opportunities is one way Iowa will meet its Future Ready Iowa goal to have 70 percent of its workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025.


When you develop a Registered Apprenticeship program, you’ll start seeing benefits right away. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

With Registered Apprenticeship, you have the opportunity to grow your own talent. The program offers flexibility, allowing you to customize training to build your future ready workforce.


Step 1

Fill out the Contact Us form (found below) and we'll be in touch to schedule a meeting.

Step 2

Meet with an IowaWORKS business service team member or an apprenticeship training representative from the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship to talk about your company and goals.

Step 3

Develop a Registered Apprenticeship program to meet your business needs. (We’ll work with you to develop your Standards of Apprenticeship, on-the-job training outline and classroom instruction/provider.)

Step 4

Get approval on your Registered Apprenticeship program from the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship.

Step 5

Congratulations, your new Registered Apprenticeship program is approved and ready to go!

Step 6

IowaWORKS can help refer qualified job candidates for your program.

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Service Legends

For you to succeed over someone else in business, there are two variables: People’s skillsets and your ability to select the right individuals. If I lean on someone else to teach my workers, and that person is also teaching my competitors’ workers, then my only advantage is talent selection. If you have better training, you can build the best.

Brian Leech, Service Legends

Seaberg Industries

We had a kid who worked two summers doing the most horrible job in the shop: cleaning machines. He went away to college, but dropped out. He came back to us, and we put him into our Registered Apprenticeship program. He worked his way up to being the operations manager. When our company was sold, five managers bought the company – and now this guy is one of the owners. The RAP gave him confidence, there’s no doubt about it.

Greg Zeller, Seaberg Industries

View a video on how Registered Apprenticeship can help healthcare organizations recruit, train and retain valuable employees.

Common Questions and Concerns

Is there any assistance to help my company invest in a Registered Apprenticeship program?

Yes, the State of Iowa has two programs to help you. Annually, $3 million is made available for non-competitive grants for Iowa Registered Apprenticeship programs through the Iowa Apprenticeship Act. All eligible Registered Apprenticeship programs that apply receive an award based on the number of Registered Apprentices who were active or completed their program in the prior calendar year and the program’s number of technical instruction hours. New Registered Apprenticeship programs established in high-demand occupations with less than 20 apprentices may be available for the $1 million made available to Registered Apprenticeship programs through the Registered Apprenticeship Development Fund. Both grants are administered by Iowa Economic Development Authority in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship. Applicants cannot receive both grants in the same fiscal year; awards can only be made to sponsors for one grant program per fiscal year.

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Are Registered Apprenticeship programs only for unions?

Registered Apprenticeship programs are for everyone. Union and non-union companies are encouraged to participate.

Am I going to have to do this alone?

Don’t worry – you will be provided with technical assistance throughout the development of your Registered Apprenticeship program.

Is this going to take forever?

We move at the speed of your business. So the faster you complete the steps, the faster we can help you get your program registered.

How can RA Sponsors utilize local high schools for a pipeline of qualified workers?

Registered Apprenticeship programs for high school students combine academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience, which allows youth to explore a career and develop occupational skills while in high school. High school is a critical time for career and professional development. Apprenticeship programs can play a vital role in this development by offering students a pathway into high-demand careers and a college degree.

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Will I be buried in paperwork?

While it may take some work to get your Registered Apprenticeship program started, we do our best to make sure it’s not overwhelming. That’s why our representatives are here for you whenever you need assistance.



Interested in setting up a Registered Apprenticeship Program? Learn more with our interactive playbook.


  • Earn & Learn Playbook

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    The High School Registered Apprenticeship Program Playbook will show you how to get started in developing your own unique and exciting program.



Learn more about starting a High School Registered Apprenticeship Program:

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Funding for RA Programs


  • Registered Apprenticeship includes hundreds of apprenticeable occupations. That includes energy, IT, healthcare, financial services, transportation, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage preparation, skilled trades, and more.
  • Iowa has more than 800 active Registered Apprentice programs and more than 8,700 active Registered Apprentices.
  • Ninety-one percent of apprentices that complete an apprenticeship are still employed nine months later.
  • A Registered Apprenticeship program provides customized training that meets industry standards and is tailored to the specific needs of businesses, resulting in highly skilled employees.

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