Central Iowa Works fits into a new category of workforce development program – Workforce Intermediaries. Workforce intermediaries are local partnerships that bring together employers and workers, public and private funding streams, and relevant partners to create and implement pathways to career advancement and employment.
Iowa has a shortage of employees to fill the existing middle skills jobs in our state. The No. 1 goal of Central Iowa Works is to close the skills gap and meet the needs of employers by helping them to recruit and hire qualified workers, while at the same time addressing the needs of job seekers by helping them get trained and hired for real jobs with pathways for growth.
Our mission is to strengthen and expand industry specific sector workforce development efforts in Advanced Manufacturing, Health Care, Business Services and Operations (BSO), Construction, and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) with a focus on employers, job seekers and community based organizations operating in Central Iowa.
Central Iowa Works brings innovation to workforce services by measuring performance, centering its attention on outcomes, achieving goals, and anticipating problems rather than reacting to them. Because of its structure, mission, and role in workforce development, we are able to try new approaches to job training and job placements, and share the findings from these efforts with other practitioners.
Workforce Intermediaries integrate a wide variety of resources, build partnerships with other providers, and focus on achieving agreed-upon outcomes. Central Iowa Works is engaged with improving outcomes for youth, utilizing business simulation techniques to enhance the workplace readiness of job seekers, and studying the feasibility of developing an Alternative Staffing Organization employment strategy that uses a temporary staffing business model and supportive services to help people with obstacles to employment enter and advance in the workforce.
Since 2011, Central Iowa Works has been a part of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, which seeks to advance two key goals: create new opportunities for lower-wage workers to move into better-paying jobs and careers, and meet employers’ critical needs for skilled employees.
Follow the links to learn more about Central Iowa Works, including resources for job seekers, our Job Developers network program, funding collaborative, and Workforce Partnerships with local employers.
For more information, email Soneeta@CentralIowaWorks.org or contact us at (515) 243-2130 today.