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.
For training current employees
Are businesses in your community or industry in need of employee upskilling?
Iowa Jobs Training Program (260F)
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 determine your training needs. Applications to create an employee training program are made through a local community college. Learn more.
Community College Consortium (260F)
The Community College Consortium Program is designed to assist two or more Iowa companies with training. Iowa’s community colleges can help determine the businesses training needs, as well as submit the application for funding. Learn more.
For training potential new hires
Looking to expand your workforce and available career opportunities at your business or in your community? These programs are designed to help you recruit new employees.
Industrial New Jobs Training Program (260E)
The Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training program provides businesses expanding Iowa’s workforce with new employee training. 260E is designed to increase worker productivity and company profitability. Learn more.
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 with the ACE program. It is designed to assist Iowa's community colleges to either establish or expand programs that train individuals in the occupations most needed by Iowa businesses.
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.
Through 15B, $3 million is made available annually in the form of non-competitive training grants to any eligible Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors that apply to increase the number of Registered Apprentices in Iowa. Awards are based on an applicant’s overall amount of contact hours the prior year of their Registered Apprenticeship program as a proportion of all applicants’ contact hours and only registered apprentices that reside in Iowa may be counted. Learn more.
Iowa Registered Apprenticeship Development Fund (15C)
Through 15C, $1 million is made available in the form of competitive grants to eligible Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors that have created a Registered Apprenticeship program in a high-demand occupation or added a high-demand occupation to an existing Registered Apprenticeship program in the calendar year prior to the application window.
Applicants must have less than 20 Registered apprentices and 70 percent of applicants must reside in Iowa.
Recipients are eligible for up to $25,000 per occupation for which they apply; awards to individual recipients for multiple occupations is capped at $50,000. Applications are scored based on standardized questions in the application. Learn more
Iowa Student Internship Program
Iowa offers grants for small or medium-sized Iowa businesses hiring student interns from Iowa universities or student interns who graduated from an Iowa high school but attend a university in another state. Businesses must be in a targeted industry: bioscience, advanced manufacturing or information technology. Learn more.
STEM Internship Program*
The STEM Internship program provides grants to Iowa companies to provide internships for students majoring in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) subject. The student’s internship 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 the STEM program for the 2018-19 school year. The application period for internships occurring in fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020 will open July 1, 2019.