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6 employee and new hire training programs for Iowa companies

March 7, 2018

6 employee and new hire training programs for Iowa companies

Iowa’s workforce is well-educated, highly regarded and ready to learn. The Iowa Economic Development Authority administers a number of programs to support companies seeking to train potential new hires or current employees with technical skills. Three of these programs help businesses leverage Iowa’s network of 15 community colleges; companies interested in working with these institutions may read more below.

Funds allocated through these programs are on a first-come, first-served basis, and are often exhausted early in the year. Businesses interested in using these programs should plan ahead.

For training current employees

Iowa Jobs Training Program (260E)

Let educational experts set up your company’s employee training program. Iowa’s 15 community colleges are experienced at administering training and available to help design programs for Iowa companies. Applications to create an employee training program are made through a local community college. Learn more.

Community College-Sponsored Employee Training Projects (260F)

Are businesses in your community or industry also in need of an employee upskilling program? If two or more Iowa companies participate, Iowa’s community colleges can create a training program with support from the Community College Consortium program. Learn more.

For training potential new hires

Accelerated Career Education (ACE – 260G)

If a company is trying to recruit employees with certain skills, but finding qualified individuals in short supply, then it may be able to fill the talent pipeline by establishing or expanding a local community college training program.

Businesses using Iowa’s ACE program pay a portion of the costs of a community college educational program and agree to hire some of its graduates. Participating businesses can offset the costs of the program through tax benefits. Learn more.

Iowa Apprenticeship Program (15B)

Registered apprenticeships are a proven approach to preparing workers for in-demand jobs. Iowa provides grants to companies that run apprenticeships that meet U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship requirements.

There are more than 1,000 occupations eligible for apprenticeship training grants, from accounting specialists to nurses. Learn more.

Iowa Student Internship Program*

Iowa offers grants for small or medium-sized Iowa businesses that hire student interns from Iowa universities or student interns who graduated from an Iowa high school but attend a university in another state. Learn more.

STEM Internship Program*

Funds for this internship grant program are reserved for students majoring in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) subject. The student’s internship must work must be closely related to that subject, and the student must attend an Iowa university or be a university student who graduated from an Iowa high school. Learn more.

*Funds are exhausted for these programs for summer 2018 internships. The application period for internships occurring in fall 2018, spring 2019 and summer 2019 will open July 1, 2018.



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