Gov. Terry E. Branstad today was joined by Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham as he signed the Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act into law.
"Across Iowa we're seeing record-breaking economic development projects that have resulted in more Iowans working than ever before in our state's history," said Branstad. "The projects, like Facebook's Altoona data center, bring an increased demand for skilled tradespeople. The Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act will ensure companies looking to expand or build in Iowa are met with a well-trained workforce."
The Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act, which expands access to apprenticeship training programs, was signed at Facebook's Altoona data center site where 440 workers and more than 515,000 hours have been applied to the Facebook Altoona project alone.
"Economic development projects across Iowa since 2011 have brought quality, good-paying jobs to our communities," said Reynolds. "In order to continue to attract these companies, and the jobs they bring with them, we must have a highly-skilled workforce ready to meet the demands of our growing economy. The Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act will expand funding for apprenticeship training, help reduce student debt and provide Iowans the skills needed for a successful career."