A new grant program has been announced, designed to reduce language barriers in the job market. According to a press release, the Vocational Training Program for Iowa Learners, announced Wednesday, is designed to provide English language instruction programs to improve workplace communications. In the statement, Governor Kim Reynolds said the program will give employers the resources to provide or expand English training. She said this will remove barriers that may exist to successful careers and support recruitment and retention efforts. A total of $5 million in grants will be awarded. Applicants must be employers or groups of employers with at least 25 full-time employees who are expanding or creating a language program. Beth Townsend, Iowa’s director of workforce development, said the program will help employers find the skilled workforce they need and help employees who want to improve their communication skills. at work. Apps are due by 11:59 a.m. on December 2.