written agreement is registered with the Bureau of Apprenticeship
and Training, U.S. Department of Labor.
apprenticeship program is study and on-the-job (being paid) training.
So, that means you’ll have an income while you do your on-the-job
training for your trade!
a cost and earning potential analysis (PDF)
Fees or Costs?
No charge is made for classroom instruction. Some trades require
manuals, codes, texts, or tools used constantly by journeymen. A
nominal charge is made for such materials.
What's My Commitment?
be “indentured.” That means each apprentice (you) will
sign an Apprenticeship Agreement with the Joint Apprenticeship and
Training Committee. If you’re a minor, your parent or guardian
must also sign the agreement. This agreement is registered with
the Bureau of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor.
you reach journey status the Department of Labor awards certificates
of completion to you!
How Long Am I an Apprentice?
term of apprenticeship (or length of time) for the construction
trades will range from two to five years. Apprentices attend classes
of related technical instruction, supplementing their training on
the job, to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical
aspects of their work/trade. This related technical instruction
is a fundamental feature of apprenticeship. Usually the classes
are held during the winter or slower seasons for construction work.
Some trades provide several weeks or months of technical instruction
prior to beginning employment and on-the-job training.
class you’ll learn the basic theories of your trade. On the
job, under the direction and supervision of a skilled journeyman,
you’ll learn the “practice” of the theories.
How Do I Apply?
- Make certain you meet all basic requirements like for example age, education, residency and so on.
- Complete application by deadline. Eligibility for the selection interview is determined by the date the application process is completed.
- Furnish the following documents, if required:
Apply for the trade you wish to learn by completing an application form. Be sure to sign and date your form.
All applicants meeting basic qualifications/requirements by the deadline for application will be contacted for an interview. The JATC will give you the date, time, and place for your interview.
An application form is available at each trade’s web site or by contacting that trade.
- birth certificate (or reliable information on date of birth)
- high school transcripts and diploma
- Alaska driver’s license
- D.D. 214 (if you’re a veteran)
Equal Employment Opportunity Pledge: The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or age.
Here's Some “Inside Info.”
on the Interview!
to expect at the JATC interview:
members will ask you questions to learn as much about you as they
can. For example they’ll ask you about the following:
- are you really interested in the trade?
- what do you think about working hard?
- what’s your view on the responsibility necessary for performance, materials, and safety?
- how do you perform under supervision/direction?
- are you or can you be a team worker—part of a crew?
- how do you feel about related trades instructing performance on a job site?
More "Inside Info" on what the Committee Members Look
for in You!
- Your Education, from transcripts:
- additional math, two years of algebra, trig. etc? These will receive additional consideration.
- academic subject grades, examined as an indication of reading comprehension.
- Your Transportation: Are you able to get to and from work? Some programs require a valid Alaska driver’s license.
- Your Physical condition: Consider your overall physical condition in relation to the needs of the industry/trade.
- Your motivation, ambition and willingness to accept directions are factors. How do you rate on this one?
Completed Apprenticeship = College
Toward a Degree!
you complete a registered apprenticeship program you can have up
to 38 credit hours toward a 60-hour program called Apprenticeship
Technologies degree! This is in recognition of journey level status
in registered apprenticeship programs.
degree is the result of a joint effort by:
completing the apprenticeship and an associate degree you further
your knowledge and experience so you can offer an employer a well-rounded
and well educated person—you!
- the University of Alaska Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau (Southeast),
- the Alaska Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training,
- U.S. Department of Labor,
- statewide employers
- labor unions
What's a JATC?
trades have a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC).
The committee is made up of representatives appointed by the contractors’
association and by local unions.
JATC of each trade establishes standards and is responsible for
the operation and success of their program.
policies of a JATC are:
How are JATCs Funded?
- to encourage careful selection of young people coming into the trade with due regard to health, physical fitness, aptitude, attitudes, and personal characteristics.
- to provide a plan of approved training that will equip apprentices for profitable employment as skilled workers to probable employment demands.
- to assure the employer access to the services of proficient workers.
- to provide the public with the highest possible grade of products and services in conformity with approved practices of safety and skill.
program for training and developing a skilled craftsperson (journey
person) is in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (contract) between
the contractors and unions in several divisions of the construction
industry. That contract may also provide for the establishment of
a trust fund for the use of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee to
cover expenses relating to the operation of the program. The employees,
on the basis of the hours worked by the union journey people, make
the contribution to the fund ranging from 40 to 81 cents an hour
from their earnings.
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