Opportunities for careers in local trades can be found at the 2021 Apprenticeship EXPO

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 8:41 AM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - For those who are interested in local apprenticeship programs, the Alaska Works Partnership, a non-profit organization with training locations in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and the Mat-Su Valley is holding an open house to give people the opportunity to get an inside look at training programs available for local Alaskans.

The Alaska Works Partnership is hosting this event during National Apprentice Week that runs from November 15th through the 21st. “This is the first time in a number of years Fairbanks has hosted this event,” says Wade Stark who works as an Instructor for Alaska Works Partnership.

“Basically what’s nice about the apprenticeships is a lot of people maybe don’t like college, maybe are not cut out for it, that kind of thing and you are getting paid while you are learning. A lot of your education is on-the-job training. There are also some classroom shop training that you attend every year, but it is important to keep those kinds of jobs in the local community as opposed to bringing in contractors from out of town to do the work and they take their pay and leave town with it,” says Stark.

He says keeping the jobs local in the Interior and the state is important.

The training year runs roughly from August through June. Most training classes are 40-hours a week with a few exceptions for advanced, 80-hour trainings. Each “skills training” focuses on one area of the trades: Electrical Wiring, Ironwork, Welding, Pipefitter Welding, Heavy Equipment Operating, Carpentry, Residential Framing, etc. ALL training is completely free and students spend the vast majority of the time working hands-on with applicable tools/equipment and completing small projects. All pieces of training are instructed by members of the local unions.

“ So, at Alaska Works Partnership we try and get people into the construction industry. So maybe they thought about getting into construction as far as work-related training, but they have never done any of it. We kind of give them an opportunity to give them free training, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, that kind of thing for a one week class to see if they are interested and if they are we try and steer them towards people who are in the industry,” he added.

To participate in training, individuals simply need to submit an online application at They will then be contacted for an applicant interview and notified of their selection status 3 weeks prior to the training they applied to. People are welcome to take more than one training. After completing a skills training, students are eligible for additional health and safety certification training in OSHA 10, First Aid/CPR/AED, and Fall Protection. We also have designated Case Managers who work one on one with each student to help guide them including employment counseling, resume writing, and interview skills training.

The Expo will be held at The Alaska Works Training Center located at 3580 Cartwright Court Building A on Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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