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.
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
- Iowa Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week with a Record Number of Apprentices
- Column by Director Townsend: Apprenticeships show their worth in a changing world (Quad City Times)
- Gov. Reynolds announces $2.45M in awards for Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Grant Program
- Gov. Reynolds announces award winners for Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship Pilot Program
- Iowa Workforce Development Awards Over $3.6 Million to Grow and Expand Registered Apprenticeship Programs Across Iowa
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
- Learn about the funding opportunities available in Registered Apprenticeship.
- 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.
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.
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!