Iowa Governor: Apprenticeships and Skilled Labor Crucial to Iowa’s future

Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds have announced an initiative to boost skilled labor workers in Iowa through a blueprint called the Future Ready Iowa plan.

According to reports, the plan “aims to increase the number of Iowans with two-year and four-year degrees, as well as apprenticeships and other certifications.”

Energy infrastructure projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline will be built using thousands of Iowa craftsmen. The men and women responsible for the project’s construction are highly trained, having acquired skills through endless hours on the job and training sessions held by various union groups. If increasing the number of apprenticeships and skilled labor jobs is to be a reality for Iowa than approval of large-scale energy infrastructure projects like Dakota Access must be a part of the greater plan.

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