The Senate Side Senator Steve Sodders-Apprenticeships & Job Training Expand Middle Class
May 2, 2014
The 21st century economy needs workers with postsecondary credentials and the ability to adapt to changing business needs. Apprenticeship programs prepare thousands of workers to fit that bill every year. Apprenticeships can help Iowans train in a trade, improve their skills and get better-paying work. They are a proven way to prepare employees for a variety of occupations through a combination of supervised on-the-job training and technical classroom studies. It’s estimated that by 2018, 62 percent of all jobs in Iowa ? that’s 1.1 million jobs ? will require some training or education beyond high school. By investing in apprenticeships and job training, we can ensure local employers have the skilled workers they need, while helping Iowans qualify for more rewarding careers that can build a better life for their families. Over the years, Iowa's Apprenticeship Program has funded efforts to help Iowans boost their skills. In 2013, Iowa had 662 registered apprenticeship programs with more than 8,100 registered apprentices. Apprenticeships can lead to work in such industries as construction, manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, information technology, biotechnology, retail, health care, utilities and more. The Iowa Senate recently approved SF 2353 to improve the state's Apprenticeship Program and increase funding to a total of $6 million for apprenticeships and specific worker training efforts at our community colleges. The amount of funding each business receives for the training they provide depends on the total number of businesses involved, the number of apprentices served and the hours of training. To learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa for employers and individuals, go to www.iowaworkforce.org/apprenticeship. Additional information This is a legislative update from Senator Steve Sodders, representing Marshall and Tama counties, as well as La Porte City and southern parts of Black Hawk County. For newsletters, photos and further information, go to www.senate.iowa.gov/senator/sodders. To contact Senator Sodders during the week, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. Otherwise he can be reached at home at 641-483-2383. E-mail him at email@example.com. Senator Sodders is Senate President Pro Tem and chair of the Economic Growth Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary, Agriculture, Labor & Business, State Government, Veterans Affairs, and Rules & Administration committees.
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