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Laborers Apprenticeship Program
The Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program began in 1994. Teachers share years of experience and knowledge in classroom and hands-on instruction and training in all facets of the Laborers craft. Apprenticeship facilities are located in Anchorage and Fairbanks, with specialty classes offered in Juneau and outlying areas.
The goal of the Apprentice Craft Laborer Program is for each apprentice to reach Journeyworker status. Studies and on-the-job training focus on the following areas:
General Skills • Heavy Highway Construction • Building Construction • Specialty Construction
Examples of Classes Offered
Training classes supplement on-the-job training, and are shaped by the needs of the industry during the apprenticeship. Some of the many classes offered are:
- Blue Print Reading
- Craft Orientation
- First Aid/CPR
- General Construction
- Pipeline Construction
- Asbestos Abatement
- Hod Carrying
- Hazardous Waste
- Line and Grade
In addition to taking classes at school, apprentices are referred to a contractor’s job-site for on-the-job training. Labor and management work together to develop highly skilled and productive construction workers.
Apprentices are paid in accordance with the number of on-the-job hours, at a percentage of the Journeyworker rate of pay.
0 – 1,000
1,001 – 2,000
2,001 – 3,000
3,001 – 5,100
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a high school graduate or have a certificate of equivalency (GED)
- Be an Alaska resident for the last twelve consecutive months
- Have a Valid Alaska Driver’s License
- Be physically fit
An interview committee rates each applicant on factors such as interest in the trade, educational transcripts, references, previous work experience, a sense of responsibility, and a good attitude towards the program.
Apprentices can and do achieve Journey worker status in three years. They must complete 5100 hours of on-the-job training covering the various aspects of the Laborers’ craft and a minimum of 144 hours each year of the related classroom education and hands-on instruction. Credit can be given for previous experience.
Alaska Laborers’ Training School
2121 Kiana Street
Fairbanks, AK 99709
17805 Old Glenn Hwy
Chugiak, AK 99567
Alaska Laborers’ Construction Industry Training Fund
Training Director: Suzanne McCarthy
Deputy Director Fairbanks:
Training Coordinator Fairbanks: Danny Ruerup
Apprentice Assistant: Melodie Byrd