Iowa: Gov. Reynolds announces new registered apprenticeship programs

Wells Fargo and Tyson Foods were announced Tuesday as the newest companies to offer registered apprenticeship programs in Iowa, according to a news release.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced the newly registered apprenticeship programs during the administration’s weekly press conference.

According to the release, the standards Wells Fargo signed are national standards because their registered apprenticeship program is now offered in all 50 states. The four occupations being offered in Iowa are:

  • Bank branch manager
  • Operations manager
  • project management
  • risk consultations

Tyson Foods signed standards to offer a registered apprenticeship in mechatronics technician, according to the release. Mechatronics is a field of science that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering.

“Today is an exciting day as two well-known national companies with a large footprint in Iowa make commitments to offering registered apprenticeship programs,” Gov. Reynolds said in the release. “This is significant because expanding registered apprenticeship opportunities in our states helps train Iowans for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

This is an employer-driven training program that provides on-the-job learning with classroom instruction and a paycheck.

According to the release, Iowa had 846 active registered apprenticeship programs and 8,720 active registered apprentices as of Nov. 2.