Assembling a World-Class 

People are the foundation of a thriving manufacturing sector. From the factory floor to the C-Suite, Iowa has a variety of programs in place to help manufacturers develop a world-class workforce.


The Registered Apprenticeship system provides opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high-paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. 

The Iowa Apprenticeship Program (15B) seeks to increase the number of registered apprentices in Iowa by assisting eligible apprenticeship programs in the form of training grants.



Future Ready Iowa provides a variety of resources for individuals and companies in career training and development.

The Iowa Intermediary Network is a professionally staffed department of "connectors" - a great asset to regional manufacturers who seek to engage and interact with K-12 youth. 

The Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training (260E) program provides businesses expanding Iowa’s workforce with new employee training.

The Community College Consortium (260F) program provides funding assistance for community college-sponsored employee training projects in which two or more businesses participate. 

The Elevate Advanced Manufacturing Initiative  is a marketing effort to change the perception of manufacturing and to promote manufacturing as a preferred career choice to Iowa students, parents, educators and guidance counselors.


College Internships

Iowa State University

University of Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

Leadership Iowa University is a week-long program for college students to learn about Iowa business and leadership.

The Iowa Student Internship Program provides grants to small and medium-sized companies in targeted industries to support internship programs.

The Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Internship program provides grants to Iowa companies for internship programs with a goal of transitioning interns to full-time employment in Iowa upon graduation.


College Graduates

Employers can post positions, schedule on-campus interviews, and supply information that students may find useful when evaluating whether to apply for a particular position. 

Iowa State University

University of Northern Iowa

University of Iowa


Professional Learning

Iowa Association of Business and Industry offers peer learning programs for CFOs and for those involved in manufacturing operations, LEAN, marketing and sales.


Leadership Iowa provides emerging leaders in the public and private sectors with an opportunity to learn, be challenged and be inspired to bring out their inherent quality to “point the way.”

CIRAS offers 200+ trainings per year to provide skills development and expose your team to “what’s next”.

Iowa’s community colleges offer a variety of training programs, from leadership development to technical skills certifications.


Professional Associations and Organizations

Society of Human Resource Managers:

Central IowaDubuque,  Southeast Iowa, Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Southwest Iowa, North Iowa, Siouxland, Northwest Iowa / Southwest Minnesota, Quad Cities

Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program that helps connect businesses with qualified veterans looking for career opportunities.