Governor unveils apprenticeship ‘playbook’

Companies can use guide to start their own training programs

A new online “playbook” is available to guide Iowa employers, high schools and students interested in establishing a registered apprenticeship program in their local communities to enhance work skills and job opportunities, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday.

Reynolds made the announcement at the Career Academy of Pella, which partnered with Vermeer Corp. to develop the playbook.

The work was done in consultation with other regional employers, school districts and governmental agencies, such as Iowa’s STEM Advisory Council, Future Ready Iowa, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship in Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College.

“The combination of classroom instruction with on-the-job experience through registered apprenticeships takes learning to a new level,” said Reynolds, who used her weekly news conference to promote the effort. “This employer-driven model helps students gain valuable skills and pursue outstanding career opportunities in Iowa, while helping businesses hire the skilled workers they need.”

Click here to read Rob Boshart’s complete article published on The Gazette website.

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