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Iowa companies pledging to hire thousands of interns and apprentices

Part of a statewide effort to enhance education on the job.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017 11:05 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa – Members of the Iowa Business Council are promising to hire 30,000 interns, externs, and apprentices by the year 2050.

It’s a move in concert with the Future Ready Iowa program, which wants 70 percent of Iowans ages 25 to 62 to have education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. Part of that effort is to expand work-based learning.

Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg announced the pledge Tuesday alongside Iowa Business Council Chairman Ben McLean.

“As I travel across the state visiting all 99 counties, I consistently hear the same thing from employers,” says Governor Reynolds said. “They’re ready to hire even more Iowans, but they can’t find workers with the skills needed to fill the openings.”

This hiring effort will begin in 2018 and McClean says it will offer Iowans to ability to gain hands-ono experience in career fields.

“Since the Iowa Business Council’s inception, we’ve worked collaboratively with elected officials and leaders to increase Iowa’s economic vitality,” says McLean. “It came as no surprise when our organization’s ‘Iowa Competitiveness Index’ identified workforce readiness and training as a critical need for our state. The Iowa Business Council’s members believe that we play a vital role in addressing this challenge, which is why we were pleased to not just stand in support of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, but to actually offer a commitment to help meet its goals.”

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