Workforce Programs

Iowa has leveraged a number of innovative and exciting opportunities for employers. See below for a list of workforce programs with helpful links, as well as available grant opportunities. This page will be updated periodically to reflect new opportunities, so be sure to check back. If you have any questions on how to get involved, email [email protected]

Future Ready Iowa

Future Ready Iowa connects Iowans to the education and training required for good paying jobs and careers to improve people's lives. The Future Ready Iowa goal is to have 70 percent of Iowans with education and training beyond high school by 2025.

  • You can read about Future Ready Iowa Programs and Initiatives here.

Registered Apprenticeships

For employers, starting a Registered Apprenticeship Program means you’ll build a talented workforce equipped with the skills that specifically fit your workplace. Registered Apprenticeship programs are valuable models that employers can use to recruit and develop well-trained workers in highly skilled occupations.

  • You can find more information here.
  • You can view current Registered Apprenticeships programs here.
  • You can find the Employer Interest form here.

Child Care Business Incentive Grant

The Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program, in conjunction with Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) and the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is targeted at helping employers offer or expand child care options as a benefit to their employees. Funds support local infrastructure investments to build or expand child care capacity, or support arrangements between employers and child care facilities to expand and reserve child care slots. Proposals for the current round of funding are due November 3.  

  • You can find more information here.
  • You can view related materials and apply here.


SkillBridge is a valuable program through the Department of Defense designed to help transitioning service members bridge the gap between military service and civilian careers. SkillBridge facilitates opportunities for eligible service members to participate in job training, apprenticeships, or internships during their last 180 days of active duty.   

SkillBridge Enhances employment prospect by providing practical work experience and skills. This program provides an opportunity to access and leverage the world’s most highly trained and motivated workforce at no cost. 

  • You can find more information here.
  • Learn how you can become a partner here.