There has been a multi-level effort launched by industry and state government in Iowa aimed at reducing what's known as the skilled labor shortage.
It has hampered expansion efforts by a number of companies around the state because there just aren't enough people with advance manufacturing skills to fill the positions.
WHO Radio News created a five part series of reports to address the issue and see what steps were being taken to try to reduce the shortage of workers.
Just this past month, the state launched a new apprenticeship program created by the Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act which was approved by the state legislature this year. It provides some additional state funding for apprenticeships that can lead to more skilled labor.
The Iowa Association of Business and Industry has launched something called Elevate Advanced Manufacturing which is a collaborative effort with community colleges and 11 private companies to draw attention to the advantages of a career in advanced manufacturing. It also is trying to debunk perceptions that no longer apply in today's economy.
News Director Jim Boyd produced a five part series of reports on the initiatives and talk with a couple of success stories of people who got the training they needed to turn their lives around.
The five parts airing on WHO Radio June 9-13 can be found below.