Blog Posts

Registered Apprenticeships Continue to Show Their Worth


November 15, 2022
Iowa Workforce Development has spent the last few weeks meeting with Iowa employers as part of an outreach blitz tied to the launch of our new Business Engagement Division. We’re contacting hundreds of Iowa companies both to ask one-on-one questions about the workforce challenges they’re facing and, more importantly, to connect them directly with... Read More

Iowa Opening the Door to New Future for Apprentice Teachers


November 15, 2022
Teresa Torres always wanted to be a teacher, but she wasn’t sure how she would get there. “Having two kids and trying to work, trying to provide for them while getting my own education, that wouldn’t have been possible for me,” Torres said. But then she learned of the new Teacher / Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeships being offered at... Read More

Iowa Language Learners: Grants to Improve Workplace Communication


October 19, 2022
HNI Corporation in Muscatine noticed several years ago that the company and its community had an untapped pipeline of workforce talent – English language learners. “We realized that we need to make our internal and external hiring practices better to recruit and retain candidates who do not speak English as their native language," said Mandy... Read More

Iowans Increasingly See Value in Registered Apprenticeships


October 18, 2022
Iowans are endorsing a longstanding earn-as-you-learn job training method in record numbers, making this state a national leader in building new registered apprenticeships. Federal officials are expected to soon report record growth in the number of new apprenticeship programs – part of what Iowa leaders describe as a growing recognition in our... Read More

IWD Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month


October 19, 2022
October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, and Iowa Workforce Development is joining the rest of the nation in celebrating the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Throughout October, IowaWORKS offices around the state will be hosting a variety of presentations and job events where Iowans can... Read More

IWD's New Business Engagement Division: Proactive Help to Find and Connect the Pieces of Your Workforce Puzzle


September 16, 2022
If you’re an employer facing workforce challenges, Iowa Workforce Development wants to hear about it. That's why we’re hitting the road to speak with as many of you as possible. Earlier this week, IWD officially launched its new Business Engagement Division, reorganizing employees around the state to create a more efficient team for assessing... Read More

September is Workforce Development Month


September 15, 2022
September is Workforce Development Month, a time when professionals at IWD and sister agencies around the nation will be opening up their doors to remind the people we serve of all the possible ways you can get assistance in finding a new career. To celebrate, Iowa Workforce Development and its partners have put together a collection of open... Read More

IWD Veterans March in Iowa State Fair Parade


August 19, 2022
Iowa Workforce Development employees marched in celebration and commemoration of their colleagues earlier this week, when roughly two dozen military veterans who work at IWD took part in a parade commemorating Veterans Day at the Iowa State Fair.  The march was about both honoring veterans and calling attention to the variety of services... Read More

Iowa Schools Prepping Launch of Teacher / Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeships


August 22, 2022
School administrators across Iowa are finalizing interviews and administrative procedures this month as the final steps in initiating an innovative new program that’s expected to create more than 1,000 new teachers and paraeducators for Iowa classrooms.  Gov. Kim Reynolds in June awarded $45.6 million in grants that will be shared by 134... Read More

IWD Adds New Staff to Better Engage with Iowa Businesses


July 13, 2022
Iowa Workforce Development is reshaping itself to become more responsive to business needs and make it easier for Iowa employers to get the help they need with their workforce issues. Two new division administrators and a new deputy director of employment and training joined IWD in June (although Tim Goodwin won’t officially start until... Read More