Registered Apprenticeship

The Registered Apprenticeship system provides opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high-paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. Registered Apprenticeship is an employer-driven model, combining on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction and allows the Registered Apprentice to earn a paycheck from day one. Registered Apprenticeship Programs are a proven solution for recruiting, training and retaining world-class talent in Iowa. Since Iowa is experiencing a talent gap with an aging workforce of highly-skilled and experienced workers, this program has the ability to attract a new and more diverse talent pool, close the gap in workers’ skills, and awards an industry credential issued by the Department of Labor upon completion of the program.

New industries are offering opportunities including: information technology, financial services, healthcare, transportation, energy, advanced manufacturing, and hospitality. A Registered Apprenticeship is an appropriate option for all job seekers including women, minorities, youth, people with disabilities, and veterans. 

Employers

Registered Apprenticeship is a training avenue to explore if:

  • 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
  • you are an employer who has jobs for which it is difficult to find workers with the right skills in your community
  • your workers need to be trained in the latest technologies to keep pace with industry advancements

Scroll to the map below to view where each Registered Apprenticeship is located. Click on a pin to view what type of Registered Apprenticeship, the Registered Apprenticeship sponsor, the duration of the Registered Apprenticeship, and contact information.

 

Contact your nearest IowaWORKS Center today, call Iowa Workforce Development at 800-562-4692 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 learning from an assigned mentor. Related training 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 1,300 Registered 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 and is an appropriate option for all job seekers including women, minorities, youth, people with disabilities and veterans.

Job Seekers - Receive additional information on how to become a Registered Apprentice by completing the apprentice request form.

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

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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 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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For information, contact:

Amy Beller, Registered Apprenticeship Program Coordinator
Iowa Workforce Development
1000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-725-1035
Email: amy.beller@iwd.iowa.gov

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

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: 515-284-4690
Email: Wightman.James.E@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