The Alaska Apprenticeship Training Coordinators Association (AATCA) is composed of the Joint Administered Training Committee’s (JATC’s) of more than 16 different union construction crafts. The JATC’s engage in providing quality training for the majority of construction apprentices in Alaska. Additionally they offer enhancement classes for journeyman craftsmen and Construction Academy courses for men and women to prepare them for applying to an apprenticeship or a career in the trades.
The AATCA recognizes the importance of training a workforce to help meet Alaska’s needs today and in the growing needs of the future. Alaska’s construction industry has experienced a steady growth in recent years. Although there was a drop in the price of oil in 2015 which is projected to impact 2016 construction projects the top occupations for young high earners is still in the construction industries according to Alaska Economic Trends. Of the more than 100,000 working Alaskans under age 30; 18.9% were in Construction and another 34% in Mining/Oil and Gas with an average income $66,600.
In the Top 20 Occupations 17 of those are in Construction as Laborers, Electricians, Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters, Truck Drivers, Carpenters, and Welders to name a few. The # 2 occupation is in Healthcare. AATCA is excited to be expanding its affiliation with Register Apprenticeship to the Healthcare industry as the new Healthcare Apprentice Consortium is currently under development and anticipated to be rolled out in the fall of 2016.
The AATCA offers many options and many opportunities to learn a skill and help you in a career in construction. We are confident that the JATC programs that make up the AATCA provide a well-trained workforce for the construction industry and soon to be Healthcare industry. The AATCA believes that Alaska needs to train for the future.
If registered apprenticeship is the direction for you, browse through the list of Industry Training Providers and contact that trade school directly to discover your path to a Career!
Cheri Lipps, President
Alaska Apprenticeship Training Coordinators Association