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Weekly Update: November 30, 2017


   The newly expanded Iowa Workforce Development Board met last week.  IWD Director Beth Townsend is shown explaining some of the future plans for the agency.  Governor Reynolds is to her right.



   As the IWD Board reorganizes, Senator Bill Dotzler (District 31, Waterloo) is shown at the left making a point that being a rubber-stamping group that meets twice per year is unacceptable.  The group was in agreement, so we will now meet quarterly and hopefully can make a difference.  HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson (third from left) was personally chosen and appointed by Governor Reynolds.  The time is certainly ripe to make some serious progress with our skilled trades initiatives.

HBAI Assists with Apprenticeship to Journeyman Ratio Increase
HBAI just sent a letter to the Division of Program Quality, Standards, and Policy issuing support for the Plumbing – Heating – Cooling Contractors (PHCC) of Iowa’s application request to amend their apprenticeship standards to allow a 2:1 apprentice to journeyman supervision ratio.
The message was as follows:  Our members depend upon general contractors and subcontractors, such as those that are members of the PHCC of Iowa, to meet the housing needs of Iowans. The demand for skilled labor has never been greater in …
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