Services for Youth and Young Adults

Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) is dedicated to the concept that knowledge is power. Our intent is to promote workforce development via the strengths and attributes young Iowans bring to the marketplace. This aligns with our overall belief system and our vision of a future where Iowa has safe workplaces, a productive and economically secure workforce and where Iowans are prepared for an ever-changing future. IWD trusts that to build and maintain a competent workforce, we cannot operate alone but are indebted to work with business, education, government, private sector and non-profit organizations and community and faith-based organizations. A cohesive approach, targeted specifically toward youth and young adults, will help build a qualified pool of workers who are trained, educated and able to adapt in a demand-driven economy.

Ask the Right Questions When Researching Career Paths, Resources and Programs

  • Will the job exist in 5-10 years?
  • Will it pay a wage to support my lifestyle?
  • What do I like to do? 
  • What can I learn easily?
  • Can I use the skills I have?

Interest, aptitude and other assessments can help measure interest, ability and other traits that may affect success.

America's CareerInfoNet Assessments
Career Exploration Resources from IowaLMI
My Next Move
mySkills ​myFuture
Occupational Outlook Handbook

Rights and Responsibilities on the Job

Occupational Health and Safety
Young Worker Safety and Health
​YouthRules!

Prepare for Work and Know Employer Expectations

Jobs and Employment

ApprenticeshipUSA
IowaJobs
Work in Iowa Youth Jobs
Youth.jobs

Applications, Resumes and Interviewing

CareerOneStop’s Resume Guide
Generic Employment Application
Interview and Negotiate
Resource Guide for Job Seekers

Education and Skill Building

ACT College and Career Planning Profile
​CareerOneStop Career Videos
​CareerOneStop Find Training
Colleges and Universities in Iowa
Educate Iowa
FAFSA4caster – Options for Paying for College
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
National Career Readiness Certificate

Existing Industries and Occupations in Iowa

Where are the jobs?  What will I earn? Labor Market Information will maximize your chance of selecting a career with increasing job opportunities.

Cost of Living Analysis
Iowa Economic Development Authority
Iowa Labor Market Information - Industry Projections
Iowa Labor Market Information - Occupational Projections
Wage Information

Access Assistance

IowaWORKS Centers are located around the state with staff available to assist in career education and instruction, as well as provide connections to community resources.

Youth Program: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act includes a youth program serving eligible low-income youth, ages 14 to 24, who face barriers to employment. The goal is to prepare youth for employment and/or post-secondary education through strong linkages between academic and occupational learning. Local communities provide youth activities and services in partnership with IowaWORKS and under the direction of local Workforce Investment Boards.

Adults and Businesses Working with Youth

Support and resources are available to enhance learning environments and acclimate youth to the world of work and necessary employability skills. IowaWORKS welcomes the opportunity to connect and network in local communities.

Employers Connect with Youth
Employer Responsibilities for Keeping Young Workers Safe
Federal Bond Program
WorkforceGPS
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Youth@Work: Talking Safety Iowa

Contact Information

Iowa Workforce Services
Youth Services Program Coordinator
1000 E Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319
Email: youthservices@iwd.iowa.gov