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Complete list of Future Ready Iowa Employer Summits - Fall 2019.


Last-Dollar Scholarship

Learn more about the Last-Dollar Scholarship.


Future Ready Iowa Grant

The Future Ready Iowa Grant will help you finish what you started.


Employer Innovation Fund

Business solutions that can help your organization.


Registered Apprenticeship Resources

Learn more about Registered Apprenticeship.



  • Information Technology has become a high-demand career field in Iowa. An innovative partnership between a Des Moines school and an Iowa transportation company allows students to earn a living while learning how to apply their skills in the real world.

  • Registered Apprenticeships in Iowa are an amazing way to earn while you learn. Hear from one student who's working in a professional environment before he even graduates!

  • No matter if you're a high school student or someone looking to make a jump to a new career field, registered apprenticeships are a great option to help you earn and learn. Apprentices at Broadlawns Medical Center share how their registered apprenticeship program is preparing them for a high-demand career. 

  • Employers, educators, and community leaders attended Future Ready Iowa Employer Summits last Fall (2019). Each summit encouraged discussions about local workforce solutions that strenghten the Iowa's current and future workforce. 

  • IowaWORKS centers help connect Iowans with training and employment opportunities. These are just some of the services that your local IowaWORKS centers are happy to provide.

  • IT Apprenticeship at Ruan
  • Welding Apprenticeship at West Delaware HS
  • Broadlawns Medical Apprenticeship
  • Future Ready Iowa Employer Summits
  • IowaWORKS centers are here to help


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All High-Demand Jobs in Iowa



Top Job Postings on IowaWORKS.gov

  1. Registered Nurses 
  2. Retail Salespersons 
  3. Customer Service Representatives 
  4. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 
  5. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  6. Nursing Assistants 
  7. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 
  8. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  9. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 
  10. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 

Earn While You Learn

Explore Iowa's Registered Apprenticeship Program.

View Careers with 2 Years of Education/Training or Less


View Careers with 4 Years of Education/Training




Colleges Offering Programs for High-Demand Jobs

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Colleges and Programs approved for Last-Dollar Scholarship and Future Ready Iowa Grant funding.


Gov. Reynolds congratulates third round of Employer Innovation Fund awardees, wraps up first year of awards

Governor Reynolds announced 14 recipients of the Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund, a matching grant that helps employers provide postsecondary training and education opportunities for their employees


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Gov. Reynolds announces second round of Employer Innovation Fund awardees, encourages employers to apply in third round

Governor Reynolds announced 22 recipients of the Employer Innovation Fund, a matching grant that helps employers provide postsecondary training and education opportunities for their employees.


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Searchable Job List

Learn more about high-demand jobs throughout the state.

Iowa's Current Skills Gap

See the data behind Iowa's Skill Gap

Accessibility Resources

Everyone is a part of Future Ready Iowa. Learn how accessibility can strengthen our workforce.