A recent study by Iowa Work Force Development found that 18 percent of Iowa's jobs are deemed "low skill" jobs. But Iowa's work force has 38 percent low skilled workers. That makes it difficult for many Iowa companies find workers with the right training.
Iowa Work Force Development unveiled a new program called "Skilled Iowa." It will help Iowa businesses determine baseline skills for potential employees. The testing system will rate those skills so people are best trained for jobs that fit their abilities.
The second part of the program matches up unemployed Iowans with internships, so they get on-the-job training with the potential of a full time job at the end of the internship.