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BILL SIGNING: Gov. Signs Apprenticeship Act

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Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill at the new Facebook facility in Altoona Tuesday morning.

It’s the Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act. It is aimed at expanding apprenticeship programs in the state.

“Across Iowa we’re seeing record-breaking economic development projects that have resulted in more Iowans working than ever before in our state’s history,” said Branstad.” The projects, like Facebook’s Altoona data center, bring an increased demand for skilled tradespeople. The Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act will ensure companies looking to expand or build in Iowa are met with a well-trained workforce.”

The act triples funding for apprenticeships and also creates improvements to the state’s program. Branstad says apprentices will be paid from day one, allowing them to avoid taking on significant student debt.

The governor says it will provide a skilled workforce for companies locating or expanding in the state.