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October 10, 2018 Iowa needs skilled workforce, higher wages
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According to a new report, wages in Iowa continue to slide for all but the wealthiest Iowans with real average hourly earnings decreasing 0.2 percent since last year.

Since Iowa remains a low wage state and also faces a skilled worker shortage, making additional job training available to Iowa workers is one way to give people more opportunities to land a good paying job.

In Iowa, three out of every five jobs require some training beyond high school, but only a third of our workforce actually meets those requirements.

Over the last several years, new tax breaks for the wealthiest Iowans and corporations have made education after high school more expensive and limited job training opportunities for Iowans who need it the most.

Next session, House Democrats will work to get the legislature back focused on the basics and make sure every Iowan can get some education or training after high school to land a good-paying job.

Last session, lawmakers worked together and took a small step to boost our skilled workforce.

The Future Ready Iowa program was created to reach a goal of having 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025.

The legislation creates a new apprenticeship program designed to incentivize small and medium sized programs to create new or more apprenticeships and creates a volunteer mentor program; a summer youth intern pilot program for at risk youth; an Iowa Employer Innovation Program focused on training for high demand jobs and a Future Ready Iowa Skilled Workforce Grant Program for state universities or accredited private colleges.

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