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View the  Map of 2019 Employer Innovation Fund Awardees 

View the Summary of the 2019 Employer Innovation Fund Awardees

See the 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.



  • Meanwhile, in Iowa... Welding apprentices are training for a career they can take with them for the rest of their lives. 

  • Governor Kim Reynolds highlighted several workforce programs during her 2020 Condition of the State address. In addition, she laid out her administration's workforce priorities for 2020 and beyond. 

  • 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. 

  • 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!

  • Meanwhile, in Iowa... Welding apprentices are training for their future careers.
  • Governor Kim Reynolds highlights several workforce initiatives in her 2020 Condition of the State address
  • Broadlawns Medical Apprenticeship
  • IT Apprenticeship at Ruan
  • Welding Apprenticeship at West Delaware HS


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All High-Demand Jobs in Iowa



Top Job Postings on IowaWORKS.gov

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


Webinar Series: “Building a Future Ready Workforce”

Learn about programs and practices related to the development of Iowa’s skilled workforce.  

View Webinar Schedule

Future Ready Iowa Summer Youth Intern Program now accepting applications

Employers, non-profit groups, and educational institutions are encouraged to apply for the Future Ready Iowa Summer Youth Intern Program grant, a funding opportunity to support summer internship programs in high-demand occupations. The deadline to apply is March 11, 2020. 


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Gov. Reynolds names Future Ready Iowa and workforce topics in 2020 priorities

The Future Ready Iowa Initiative and workforce-related topics are among the key priorities in the Governor's 2020 Vision for Iowa. Future Ready Iowa aims to build a highly-skilled workforce and promote lifelong learning. 


Full Announcement


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.