Career Ready Workforce
In today’s global, knowledge-based economy, from a competitive standpoint, states and local communities are increasingly differentiated based on their ability to educate, train and recruit a qualified workforce that meets the needs of industry. Even as middle and high-skilled jobs grow in Iowa, the availability of a skilled workforce is a major area of concern to Iowa businesses. Combined with Iowa’s weak population growth, the availability of a trained workforce is likely to plague Iowa for many years to come. The engagement of businesses to create solutions to workforce development is paramount. Identifying the job demands of the future, working with K-16 education to engage students and teachers, and developing career pathways are essential areas of public/private partnership for our members.
The members of the Council recognize the importance and urgency around growing a career ready workforce in Iowa. In response to this challenge, the council engages both public and private institutions to develop long-term education and workforce strategies that cultivate a diverse, highly skilled population capable of meeting current and emerging workforce needs.