What Skilled Iowa means for you
Newton Development Corporation executive director explains
The demand for welders is so high that Vermeer Manufacturing recently came to Des Moines Area Community College for help, and brought their own trainers to teach.
“Of those 20 that finished the course, 16 were given jobs at Vermeer,” said Newton Development Corporation Executive Director Frank Liebl. “It’s been pounded into our heads that you got to get that four-year degree. You don’t need, necessarily, a four-year degree to work in manufacturing. That’s what Skilled Iowa is saying.”
The issue manufacturers are facing is a lack of middle skilled workers. The demand is growing, but few are going into the field. The Skilled Iowa program can help fix that by issuing National Career Readiness Certification, but it does not always guarantee a job.
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