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Earn While You Learn?

“Apprentice” means a person engaged in learning a trade through employment and is covered by a written agreement with a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATP).


The written agreement is registered with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, U.S. Department of Labor.

An 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!

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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?

You’ll 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.

When you reach journey status the Department of Labor awards certificates of completion to you!

How Long Am I an Apprentice?

The 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.

In 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.

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How Do I Apply?
  1. Make certain you meet all basic requirements like for example age, education, residency and so on.
  2. Complete application by deadline. Eligibility for the selection interview is determined by the date the application process is completed.
  3. Furnish the following documents, if required:
    • 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)
  4. Apply for the trade you wish to learn by completing an application form. Be sure to sign and date your form.
  5. 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.
  6. An application form is available at each trade’s web site or by contacting that trade.

  7. 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!

What to expect at the JATC interview:

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Committee members will ask you questions to learn as much about you as they can. For example they’ll ask you about the following:
  1. are you really interested in the trade?
  2. what do you think about working hard?
  3. what’s your view on the responsibility necessary for performance, materials, and safety?
  4. how do you perform under supervision/direction?
  5. are you or can you be a team worker—part of a crew?
  6. how do you feel about related trades instructing performance on a job site?
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More "Inside Info" on what the Committee Members Look for in You!
  1. Your Education, from transcripts:
    1. additional math, two years of algebra, trig. etc? These will receive additional consideration.
    2. academic subject grades, examined as an indication of reading comprehension.
  2. Your Transportation: Are you able to get to and from work? Some programs require a valid Alaska driver’s license.
  3. Your Physical condition: Consider your overall physical condition in relation to the needs of the industry/trade.
  4. Your motivation, ambition and willingness to accept directions are factors. How do you rate on this one?
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Completed Apprenticeship = College Credits
Toward a Degree!

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When 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.

The degree is the result of a joint effort by:
  • 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
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!

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What's a JATC?

All 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.

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The JATC of each trade establishes standards and is responsible for the operation and success of their program.

Typical policies of a JATC are:
  • 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.
How are JATCs Funded?

The 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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Construction Industry Progress Fund, c/o
AGC of Alaska, Inc.
Tel: (907) 561-5354 or 1-866-561-5354
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