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National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week

Celebrating Iowa's Leadership in Registered Apprenticeship Programs

National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 14-20) is a celebration of how Registered Apprenticeship is shaping today’s workforce. Iowa has become a national leader in growing Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs statewide.

Together, Iowa high school students, adults, education partners, and employers are creating a successful earn-while-you-learn model that is building a talent pipeline for Iowa's future.

Check out the links below to learn more about events during National Apprenticeship Week, resources on RA programs, and how you can get involved in your area!

How do Apprenticeships work?

Apprentices in Iowa partner with educators and employers to advance their career paths - all while earning wages from day one. They will learn under the mentorship of a skilled professional and obtain a valuable credential upon completion of their programs.

RA programs benefit students and job seekers and help employers build pipelines across the economy. Today, apprenticeships are available in more high-demand careers than ever before, including education, health care, advanced manufacturing.

Learn more about the different programs available.

Record Programs and Apprentices

Thanks to support from Governor Kim Reynolds and leaders across the state, the number of Iowans taking part in the state's RA programs has reached record levels. In federal fiscal year 2022, Iowa registered 5,402 apprentices and added 163 new programs - the highest number of new programs added in the country.

Recent News & Events


Apprenticeship programs can make a difference for both high school students and adults looking to grow their skills or enter a new career opportunity. Resources and funding opportunities are also available to support existing programs.

  • Funding Opportunities
  • Business Incentives Program
    • Do you currently operate or plan to create an RA program in health care, agriculture, or other high demand occupations? Learn about business incentives that can help your program succeed.

Video Highlights

National Apprenticeship Week Proclamation

Governor Kim Reynolds signed the National Apprenticeship Week proclamation on Nov. 14, 2022, to celebrate the statewide impact that Registered Apprenticeship programs have in building Iowa's workforce.

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If you're interested in becoming an apprentice, or you're an employer interested in starting a program, we'd like to hear from you!