Alaska Laborers Training School is pleased to announce the opening of their new training facility, located at 17805 Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak, Alaska. The school continues to serve the training needs for Construction Craft Laborers statewide, and supports a dynamic, federally-registered apprenticeship program. The location in Chugiak will provide convenient access for students from Anchorage, as well as those residing in the Matanuska–Susitna Valley. The ten-acre site will allow for expanded training opportunities that can closely simulate actual job sites, allowing more hands-on training that develops required skills.
The three state-of-the-art classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards and Winked walls that turn entire walls into erasable white boards, allowing students access to a variety of diverse learning opportunities. In addition to the traditional classrooms, computerized training is available in the technology center with offerings that include: software for temporary traffic design used in highway and road construction, site-plan modeling, GPS, AutoCAD and other software used in grade control and elevation used in all types of construction projects. The prospect of expanding training opportunities by using computer technology is vast.
There are two large shops and a mezzanine that will allow students to gain a diverse foundation of skillsets. One of the shops has a dirt floor, allowing digging, trenching and other types of trainings during the winter months while the outside ground is frozen.
Accommodations and travel support is available for students who travel from outlying areas across Alaska, and who might otherwise not have access to training. The Chugiak School can sleep up to 26 students, nearly doubling the space available in the previous facility. The on-site kitchen can provide meals and seat up to 48 students at a time in a beautifully designed dining area.
The ten acre property expands the amount of hands-on training possibilities, allowing true job site simulation. This type of training experience allows for highly developed skills, and workers are “shovel ready” for the demanding construction workforce. It prepares apprentices to work safely and to gain an understanding of the importance of a safe work environment which is essential for all jobs.
The new site gives the Alaska Laborers Training School the ability to offer several skills-based trainings simultaneously, and to set up scenarios simulating a real-world construction project. For example, grade-checking students can be setting critical horizontal and vertical elevations, while a different class is learning pipe-laying with actual trenching and pipe handling. All the while, construction equipment and vehicles are being redirected through the construction site, which will be done by a class teaching traffic control and flagging. This type of integrated training allows students to gain a practical sense of actual construction sites and leads to a safer and better trained workforce.
The Chugiak site has been an important training ground for apprentices during the past three. Much of the site development was done by apprentices during training classes. Examples are: drilling & blasting bedrock for site preparation, pouring concrete for specific projects, and landscaping the entire site. Apprentices are Alaska’s construction workforce in the making. Hands-on training such as this develops skills in a solid and lasting way.
The Laborers Apprenticeship program is an excellent way to learn the necessary skills to become a construction craft laborer. This program combines On-The-Job training with related classroom instruction under the supervision of journey-level workers. You are able to earn as you learn. It is a highly effective way to enter the construction industry as a career pathway. This is a long-term commitment, between 4-5 years, allowing the apprentice to achieve Journey Worker status on the A-list at the Hiring Hall. If you have what it takes to become a construction craft laborer, apply for the apprenticeship program today.
The process of becoming an apprentice begins with the application. Only completed applications will be reviewed. To obtain an application or additional information please contact your local Training School office.
We are a DRUG FREE PROGRAM. Mandatory hair follicle drug testing is required. Hair follicle testing monitors past drug use up to 6 months. Applicants must commit to being drug free for the entire apprenticeship program.
You must be physically capable of performing the work of a construction craft laborers. All candidates will be subjected to a physical agility and/or fitness test.
This is a CAREER oriented program and can be completed in 4-5 years. The program requirements are a combination of on the job learning and related classroom training.
Applications are accepted year round. New Apprentices can be called at any time of the year, depending on the construction workforce demands.
Construction craft laborers are trained in all major aspects of construction including highway, heavy, civil, building, specialty and Oil and Gas.
The average starting wage is over $17/hr with a generous benefits package that includes Health insurance, dental, pension, training and legal. Wages increase as one progresses through the program.
*Must be 18 years or older.
*Must have a High School or GED with transcripts.
*Must have a valid Alaska Driver’s License with 3 year driving record.
*Must be an Alaskan Resident for 12 months with proof.
*Must be physically able to perform all duties of a Construction Craft Laborer.
*Must be able to get to & from work anywhere within the geographical area of this apprenticeship program.
*Must commit to all requirements of the apprenticeship program.