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Requests-for-proposals announced for apprenticeship funding

Iowa Workforce Development seeks applications to support programs

(File photo) Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development, speaks during an event in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
(File photo) Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development, speaks during an event in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Iowa Workforce Development has called for requests-for-proposals to receive funding for Registered Apprenticeships.

The funding is focused on apprenticeships for jobs in the fields of health care and advanced manufacturing.

RFPs are due by 1 p.m., July 27, and can be found online at https://bit.ly/2trRFdn.

Areas for application are:

Quality pre-apprenticeship programs — A $10,000 award to focus on career pathways, according to a news release from Iowa Workforce Development.

“The funds can be used for creation of curriculum, supportive services, participant support costs, outreach and staff costs for developing and operating the program,” the news release said.

High school programs — A $15,000 award that can be used for related instruction, support services and a Registered Apprenticeship coordinator.

Health Care — This funding is to help at least 200 active Registered Apprenticeships in this field.

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Advanced manufacturing — Funding for this program, too, is to assist at least 200 active Registered Apprenticeships in this field.

Pilot Quality pre-apprenticeships — Funding is to create a “pipeline” to Registered Apprenticeships, with a focus on underrepresented populations.

“More and more employers from diverse industries are finding a Registered Apprenticeship allows them to recruit, train and retain workers to build a workforce that meets their needs,” Iowa Workforce Director Beth Townsend said in the news release.

The department received an initial $1.8 million ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant for the apprenticeships program from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2016. It recently obtained an additional $1 million.

This additional funding ends Oct. 31, 2020.

Employers and job seekers can find more details at earnandlearniowa.gov.

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