Iowa Registered Apprenticeship / ApprenticeshipUSA

The Registered Apprenticeship system provides opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high- paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. In this regard, the Registered Apprenticeship system effectively meets the needs of both employers and workers. Registered Apprenticeship is highly active in traditional industries such as construction and advanced manufacturing.  It is also instrumental in the training and development of high demand industries such as healthcare, energy and information technology.

For information, contact:

Employers - Contact us today by telephone at 515 284-4690 or complete the employer request form

Job Seekers - For apprenticeship information, complete the apprentice request form.

Veterans - For further detail on Veterans and Apprenticeships, please visit Veterans Employment Services. Or, complete the apprentice request form.

Greer Sisson, State Director
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship
210 Walnut Street, Room 715
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4690
Fax: 515-284-4195
Email: sisson.greer@dol.gov

Amy Beller
Registered Apprenticeship Program Coordinator
1000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-725-1035
Cell: 515-805-7321
Email: Amy.Beller@iwd.iowa.gov

Richard Madden, Apprenticeship and Training Representative
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship
210 Walnut Street, Room 715
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4690
Fax: 515-284-4195
Email: madden.richard@dol.gov

James Wightman, Apprenticeship and Training Representative
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship
210 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-281-4195
Email: wightman.james@dol.gov

Bob Snyder, Apprenticeship and Training Representative
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship
101 W 2nd Street, Room 303
Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: 563-324-1339
Email: snyder.robert@dol.gov

Employers

Registered Apprenticeship is a training avenue to explore if:

  • you are an employer who has need of a skilled workforce
  • your workers need to be trained in the latest technologies
  • you want to reduce turnover and improve employer/employee relationships
  • you would like to be recognized as an industry leader in providing opportunities for employment and training

Contact us today by telephone at 515 284-4690 or complete the employer request form

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Job Seekers

The "Earn and Learn" training model of Registered Apprenticeship provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from an assigned mentor. Related instruction, technical training or other certified training is provided by apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, community colleges and/or institutions employing distance and computer-based learning approaches.

There are more than 1,000 apprentice occupations and new occupations are being added all the time!

Upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program participants receive an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency and is portable. In many cases, these programs provide apprentices with the opportunity to simultaneously obtain secondary and post-secondary degrees. 

Registered Apprenticeship programs must provide equal opportunity to all who are interested.

For more information, complete the apprentice request form.

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Iowa Registered Apprenticeship Brochure  

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What is Registered Apprenticeship?

Funding

In 2014, the Iowa Legislature enacted the Iowa Apprenticeship Act, creating Chapter 15B of the Iowa Code. Its purpose is to increase the number of registered apprentices in Iowa by assisting eligible apprenticeship programs in the form of training grants.

Iowa Apprenticeship Act Frequently Asked Questions

The National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 authorizes the federal government, in cooperation with the states, to oversee the nation's apprenticeship system. In Iowa, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship (OA) is responsible for registering apprenticeship programs that meet federal guidelines. It issues certificates of completion to apprentices and encourages the development of new programs.

Registered Apprenticeship is a proven system for training employees in a variety of occupations that require a wide range of skills and knowledge. It is an ideal way for employers to build and maintain a skilled workforce. Registered Apprenticeship combines supervised on-the-job learning with technical related instruction in subjects related to the apprentice's chosen occupation. Apprenticeship, by virtue of its success in preparing skilled workers, helps America compete more effectively in the global economy, and contributes to America's economic development and sustained economic growth. 

Apprenticeship programs are operated by both the public and private sectors, with programs registered with OA called sponsors. A sponsor may be employers, employer associations and labor-management organizations. Recently, community colleges and workforce development centers have collaborated with business and industry to develop Registered Apprenticeship programs through sponsoring employer-participation agreements.

Regions that adopt robust Registered Apprenticeship programs in the context of economic development strategies create seamless pipelines of skilled workers and flexible career pathways to meet current and future workforce demands. 

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