Expanding or relocating is a huge undertaking. The logistics are incredible. And the last thing you want is a surprise shortage of prospective employees. So Iowa is working to be completely transparent about the state’s pool of workers with our new whitepaper: Issue One: Iowa Workforce.
Is there a skills gap? Yes. There’s a skills gap across the country. But CEOs in Iowa tell us they’re doing OK on hiring because of the state’s efforts to close the gap and the quality and value you get from a single Iowa worker.
Stan Askren from HNI said his employees are “not afraid of hard work, they’re not afraid to engage and to be accountable.” While another CEO from a major manufacturing company in central Iowa called her staff “skilled, productive and engaged in the vision of the company.”
You’ll find Iowa’s workforce is highly educated with 33 percent holding a bachelor’s degree and the highest high school graduation rate in the country. The state’s new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the education system have already reached more than 100,000 students — and their test scores are notably higher because of it.
There are many pieces of data on education and training we can use to profile Iowa’s workforce for you. But doesn’t it mean more coming from the people faced with hiring every single day? Read the honest feedback we took from five Iowa CEOs in Issue One: Iowa Workforce.