Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

11/12/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/12/2019 11:43

National Apprenticeship Week

New Course Opens Pathways to Skilled Trades Careers for Iowans

UI Labor Center Introducing Corridor Apprenticeship Readiness Course during National Apprenticeship Week

Iowa City, Iowa - The University of Iowa Labor Center will host two public sessions to introduce a new initiative to connect Iowans to skilled trades apprenticeship opportunities this Wednesday. Goals of the Labor Center's new High Quality Preapprenticeship Program include opening up skilled trades career opportunities to more Iowans, including women, people of color, veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups. Registered apprenticeship provides high-quality 'earn while you learn' job training with pay from day one, no student debt, and a path to a skilled trades career with living wages and benefits.

Wednesday's orientation sessions will bring together job-seekers, community leaders, building trades unions, apprenticeship programs, and social service providers to learn about the new program.

WHAT: 'Not Just Any Job': Orientations sessions for new Labor Center HIgh Quality Preapprenticeship Program

WHEN: Two sessions:4:00 - 5:00 pm and 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, November 13, 2019

WHERE: BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd, Coralville, IA

WHO: Workers, community groups, Registered Apprenticeship programs, and persons interested in qualifying for Registered Apprenticeship

November 11 - 15, 2019 is National Apprenticeship Week, highlighting the positive impact Registered Apprenticeship Programs have on individual workers, employers and the economy. Wednesday's orientations will introduce potential partners and applicants to the potential benefits, registration requirements, and highlights of the Labor Center High Quality Preapprenticeship Program, including:

  • Exposure to 16 different skilled trades and industry awareness
  • US Department of Labor approved curriculum
  • CPR, first aid, and OSHA 10 safety certifications
  • Improved chance of acceptance into a paid registered apprenticeship training program in construction or advanced manufacturing
  • Connections to eastern Iowa apprenticeship training coordinators, and support toward success in completing training

The Labor Center's first four-week apprenticeship readiness course in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor will start January 7, 2020, at the BioVentures Center in Coralville. Co-sponsors include the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council, with support from Iowa Workforce Development & the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

The University of Iowa Labor Center carries out research, worker education, and statewide outreach on workplace rights and labor issues.